Once again, Americans of all ages gathered in Washington, DC on January 22 for the National March for Life. An estimated 300,000 people attended this year’s Rally and March for Life; half of those who attended were under the age of 25. (Zenit.org)

Our Religious Family gathered on the vigil of the March for Holy Mass, dinner, and Eucharistic Adoration and recitation of the Holy Rosary with the opportunity for Confession. During the homily, Fr. Pablo Munoz, IVE, stressed that the loss of the sense of sin is related to the loss of the sense of God. Widespread apostasy and secularization have left no room for God in our society. The only answer to this “culture of death” is Jesus Christ truly present in the Holy Eucharist.

Early on the morning of the March, our group of religious, youth, and lay faithful from IVE parishes along the East Coast joined 22,000 enthusiastic marchers at the Annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center. The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, read greetings from Pope Benedict XVI in which the Holy Father reminded those present that respect for life is essential for the building of a just society. Homilist Fr. Lawrence Swink, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, exorted the youth to protect life, to live chastely, and to pray in order to promote the culture of life.

Members of our Religious Family from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia attended Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, presided by Cardinal Justin Rigali. They joined the rest of our Religious Family on the National Mall after Mass, bringing our group to about 400 strong.

Walk for Life West Coast

The sixth annual Walk for Life West Coast took place January 23. The walk proceeds along two miles of San Francisco’s waterfront. Our sisters and parishioners at Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara, and St. Leo’s, San Jose, joined more than 35,000 people advocating for respect for all human life, especially in its earliest stage.

Building the Culture of Life: Pro-Life throughout the Year

One day in January is not enough. Throughout the year, we must continue to pray for an increase in the Culture of Life in our own country and throughout our world. Below are some ways to grow in knowledge and understanding of the sanctity of human life: Life is sacred because God created man with an immortal soul. We must remember that the purpose of man’s existence is to know, love, and serve God that we might save our soul and rejoice with Him forever in the kingdom of heaven.

Books from IVE Press:

He Made them Male and Female

Children and Parents

Los Hizo Varon y Mujer

La Castidad ¿posible?

Matrimonio Cristiano

Modernos Ataques