The March for Life is a most beautiful witness to the strength of the pro-life movement in our country, and it was such a great privilege to be able to experience it in person. With my college, Franciscan University of Steubenville, being adamantly pro-life, we sent 8 buses full of students on a six-hour long night drive from Steubenville, OH to Washington, D.C. Arriving early in the morning, we began the day dedicating the pro-life cause to God, attending Mass at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.The largest Catholic Church in North America was packed full of people traveling from around the country for the March.
Tens of thousands of people were gathered at a large field by the National Mall, listening to the headlining speakers. One of the most impactful moments was the address by President Trump over video it was hard to believe that I was in a crowd of pro-life advocates being directly addressed by the President of the United States! There were many other great speeches, including from Vice President Pence (over video), Speaker Ryan, Catholic and Orthodox Bishops, and from the Sisters of Life. Going through the march itself, it was so powerful to see so many different kinds of people rallying under one cause. I was strongly reminded that being pro-life is truly universal, and that it is possible for all people to believe in the dignity of life one day. With all those thousands upon thousands witnessing to life in front of the Supreme Court building at the end of the March for Life, I know that our voice is being heard by our nation’s leaders.
The day concluded in prayer, once again putting the cause in the hands of God. St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill was open for prayer near the supreme court building for people who had finished the March. Another long bus ride back home allowed plenty of time to reflect on the day. We offered up the lack of beds.
As several of the speakers at the March said, the March for Life is THE largest human rights demonstration in the world. I am so thankful to have been a part of such a strong and beautiful movement. Let us continue to work and pray for the legal and physical protection of all unborn children, that all may see them as the are: children of God.
By James McCarty