March for Life
As you know, respect for life is a major tenet of the Little Sisters’ beliefs. We are involved in end-of-life issues daily, but Catholic reverence for life runs the gamut – from conception to natural death. Recently our home’s Chaplain, Father Phil, traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. Here’s what he had to say about his trip:
Between Thursday, January 17, and Saturday, January 19, I took a bus ride to Washington DC and back, for the March for Life. This event happens every year around January 22, to commemorate the Supreme Court opinion Roe vs. Wade that declared abortion to be legal. The March is a spiritual pilgrimage in which several hundred thousand people from all over the U.S., mostly young adults, pray and walk from the U.S. Capitol to the Supreme Court building, approximately a mile. We pray for an end to abortion, so that the human dignity of every unborn person is recognized and that the laws will reflect that fact.
This year the weather was decent and we had a safe trip. We were in Washington one day and traveled 2 days. We attended a Mass with about 20 bishops, several hundred priests, and over 20,000 pilgrims. After the Mass was a rally at the National Mall, where we listened to Vice President Mike Pence and his wife speak, and also Archbishop Joseph Naumann from Kansas City, Kansas, who represents pro-life issues among the national bishops.
The vast majority of those present were in favor of legislation to make abortion illegal, since it destroys a human life. The March for Life seems to be winning since the number of abortions in our country decreases each year. But your prayers and work for protection of the innocent unborn are still needed.
Father Philip Luebbert, Chaplain