Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings! The March for Life was a great and beautiful witness to the dignity of the human person from conception till natural death. One of the most striking things about the March is the joy, enthusiasm, faithfulness, and youthfulness of the people at the March.
I am always amazed and hopeful when I see so many young people leave the comforts of home, and other obligations, and dedicate a few days to Lord to bear witness to Life.
In our parishes here in the Diocese we can start to wonder about the future of the Church because there seem to be fewer young families regularly worshipping at Mass or participating in the life of the Parish. It is not necessarily about the numbers though, but about the strength of heart, the authenticity of faith, the resolve to follow Christ wherever He may lead.
On the bus to DC I had great conversations with some of the youth who wanted to know good Pro-Life arguments, reasons why the Church teaches what she does and questions about life in general. The thousands upon thousands of young people at the March itself reflect a movement within the Church.
These young people lined up for hours to go to confession, knelt before the Blessed Sacrament, they visited and prayed in the various chapels at the Basilica. Even while touring monuments and museums young people who were there for the March bore witness to their faith and the Pro life movement with their conversation and example.
They responded prayerfully and lovingly against snickering, some ridicule, and even some vulgarity by those who were pro-abortion. They learned that women who have gone through with abortions have also suffered tremendous guilt and remorse and are also in need of God’s mercy, healing and forgiveness. In other words, they learned that Pro- Life is Pro-Love, the love of God.
Our young people saw hundreds of priests and seminarians and religious sisters, and were inspired to ask the all important question “What do you want of me, Lord?”
What I witnessed in our youth and the tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of other young Catholics at the March is a desire, a hunger for the Light of Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I encourage you to kindle that desire and that light of faith in your homes, for the sake of the next generation of faithful followers of Christ.
“. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” (St. John Paul II)
“Christ needs you to enlighten the world and to show it the "path to life" (Psalm 16:11). The challenge is to make the Church’s ‘yes’ to Life concrete and effective. The struggle will be long, and it needs each one of you. Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your fortitude at the service of life!” (St. John Paul II)
God Bless you all,
Father Robert Letona