“America, you are beautiful indeed, blessed in so many ways. . . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless…If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.”
(Pope John Paul II, Airport of Detroit, Sept 19, 1987)

The Mysterious Fecundity of the Cross
Abortion is one of the greatest evils of our times, and has caused the death of more than 53 million souls since 1973 in the United Sates alone. But, as history has shown over and over in countless situations, by the mystery of the Cross the tragedy and atrocity of human sin can become the source of new life and hope for humanity in the all-powerful hands of God. For all things work for the good of those who love God.

What started out as an annual protest against the legalization of abortion in this country has grown. While we still fight for equal protection for all people under the law, the march has also become a celebration of God greatest gift as hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life gather together to express their belief in the sacredness of life.

Cold and Rainy? Offer it up!
This year our group consisted of over 400 people from our parishes all along the east coast. There were particularly large groups from our parishes in Brooklyn and Harlem, New York. We even had people travel down from as far as Toronto, Canada.

We started off the day on Monday with the Holy Mass celebrated by many priests from the Institute of the Incarnate Word. Of particular note was a special image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that we had on loan thanks to the generosity of the Columbia Council of Knights of Columbus. The image is part of a program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in which six images of Our Lady are circulating to different parishes throughout Maryland. The images have all been touched to the actual image of Guadalupe and blessed by Pope Benedict. We celebrated the Mass at St. John Baptist de la Salle, a parish in Chillum, Maryland where several of our sisters teach catechism and do sacristy work on the weekends.

Following the Mass, we put on our rubber boots and ponchos, and headed down to the Washington DC Mall to join the march to the Supreme Court building. Our IVE brothers brought along our now traditional drum line complete with symbols and base drum.

We give thanks for all our friends who participated in the March with us, for their help in witnessing to the joy and sanctity of life. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we ask for an end to abortion in our country and that all people of good will may be moved to stand up and defend life.

Learn about the Monastery of St. Gianna Beretta Molla in Brazil dedicated to praying for the dignity and protection of all life. Our contemplative sisters accept particular prayer intentions: mon.giannaberettamolla@servidoras.org.

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Or view this photo gallery of more fun in the rain!