The Catholic Voices Blog
Building a Culture of Life
I have grown up talking about Roe v. Wade. My birthday is January 22, and for as long as I can remember, my birthday has been about a lot more than me and birthday cake.
My Mom explained to me from a young age that my birthday was a special day. It was a day to pray for unborn babies, a day to pray for their moms and dads. It was a day to thank God for the gift of life--all life, in every stage, in every circumstance. It was a day to act, to reflect, to speak out about the dignity of life. We talked about this every year on my birthday and I dreamed about going to our nation's capital to do my part in standing up for the dignity of life. For my 18th birthday, my Mom and I fulfilled a dream--we hopped on a plane from Tampa Bay and we went to the March for Life together, mother and daughter.
To say that our experiences together that day changed me is an understatement. My young, naive eyes saw for the first time the power of a peaceful gathering of thousands. I saw pilgrims come together from all parts of the country to gather in prayer. I could not believe that a child's right to live was something that needed to be argued for, but I was happy and humbled to be a small part of the pro-life movement.
Tuesday morning, ten years later, as an Alberta clipper mega snowstorm was predicted for the entire East Coast, I boarded a bus with 30 of 750 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Boston headed to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Though it was 5:30 A.M., the students bounded on the bus with an energy and a passion that can not be attributed solely to their youth.
I felt myself thinking back to my 18th birthday. Much has changed since then--both personally and culturally -- yet the passion and enthusiasm for this cause seems to be growing exponentially. Though our trip from Boston took us well over ten hours, the excitement on our bus did not dwindle. We prayed the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and offered up our pilgrimage to all people who are affected by abortion, and for the 55 million lives lost to abortion since 1973.
Some argue that the March for Life won't change Roe v. Wade. And true, the March for Life has been happening since that very first fateful January 22nd, and yet we still have Roe.
But abortion proponents are missing a key point: We are not just out to change laws--we are out to change hearts.
We are building a culture of life in the face of death. We are seeking to be a voice of the voiceless. We are braving snow, cynicism, and denial. And we will make a difference.