The day of the March. After hanging out late the night before, 5 AM came way too early. We were on the bus by 6 and because it is the DOW we were on time leaving a little before 6:30. (What’s a half hour.) We actually made it to the Verizon Center in a decent amount of time. The Mass was awesome. Twenty-five thousands youths, over a hundred priests, and about 30 or more bishops. Wow! The last time I was at the Verizon Center for the March for Life, after Mass, when I came out of the bathroom, I ran into Father Benedict Groeschel. However this time was special because I got to concelebrate. Our Winona group were way up at the top of the arena. Even so, they claim they found me.
After Mass, we met up with Bishop Quinn and then made our way down to the Mall. I ran into some great priests from Detroit and Winona (from other diocese). It was amazing seeing all of the young people there standing up for life. It was just a sea of people. When we go home, we may feel we are alone in this fight for life, but the March for Life reminds us that we are not. We need to pray to have the strength to stand up for what is right in all situations, even when we are by ourselves. However, we are communal beings. Numbers bring comfort and hope. Seeing 400,000+ others marching for the same cause gives us hope that tomorrow we can be a cultural of life instead of a culture of death.
In science one talks about potential energy and kinetic energy. At each moment of conception, no matter how the child came into existence, is full of potential. The “blob of cells” is a human person. The “blob of cells” has the potential to be a fully functional human adult person; nothing else. This is evident because if it is left to the miracle of nature, the “blob of cells,” is born and then is protected by the laws of society. Why then should location (inside the womb or outside of the womb) and desire (the child is wanted or the child is not wanted) determine whether the “blob of cells” is a human person or not? The short answer is it doesn’t. It does not make logical sense. A woman has a right to her body, but every cell in her body has the same DNA. The DNA of the child in his or her mother’s womb is different. Therefore, a child in a mother’s womb is a separate person, a person with the same inalienable rights as any other person outside of the womb. The reason why abortion is legal is because people want an out from the responsibility that is theirs. Abortion, murder, does not make sense in itself. It is only makes “sense” in the context of needing a way out of certain situations. In a world of instant gratification, it only makes sense that when the conception of human person, a person who will live for an eternity in heaven or hell, interrupts our own pre-laid plans, we, in our fallenness, make up all sorts of excuses to justify what is inherently evil. Those who were born after 1972 are the survivors of the greatest holocaust the world has ever seen. We need to wake up and see the evil right in front of us.
In an attempt to warm our toes and refill our stomachs, we stopped at Cici’s again this year (like we did last year).
To finish the day we went to an amazing Matt Maher concert. Chris Stefanick gave a wonderful talk. What an awesome blessed day. God is good. God willing we will be back next year to celebrate the nation’s embracement of the culture of life. But if not, we will be back, stronger and bolder, to fight for that day to come.