Braving the freezing temperatures and snowy weather, our group of almost 300 sisters, priests, brothers, family, and friends of the Family of the Incarnate Word joined over 500,000 other pro-life marchers this past Friday, January 25th protesting the Supreme Court ruling Roe vs. Wade. As it has been for the past 40 years, this event is much more than a protest against an unjust law, it is also a celebration of life, love, and the truth brought by Christ.
Thursday, January 24th
Our pro-life preparations began on Thursday night with the recitation of vespers at the Church of St. John Baptist de la Salle in Chillum, Maryland. An informal dinner followed, during which the sisters led the group in songs and the brothers put on a very entertaining skit. Our group was made up of both local friends and family along with travelers from various parishes where our fathers and sisters work in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and even Canada.
Friday, January 25th
On the day of the March, we all met again at St. John Baptist de la Salle for a hearty breakfast. Mass was then celebrated by Fr. Gustavo Nieto, IVE, the provincial superior of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, along with other visiting diocesan and IVE priests. Fr. Mariano Vicchi was the homilist, encouraging the youth especially to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, for it is only by knowing and loving God that human society can ever truly and deeply be a “culture of life.”
After Mass, the marchers were each given a bag lunch with sandwiches and snacks prepared by the sisters, and then it was off to the March! This year the seminarian marching drum band was expanded to include several trumpets and trombones as well. The band and cheering helped keep spirits high as snow started falling about halfway into the march. We all survived the march, and met back at St. John’s parish for a Friday night pizza dinner.
We ask for all of your prayers, especially for the perseverance and purity of all the youth who joined us for the march. As we all work and pray for an end to abortion, we are often reminded how difficult it is for the young adults and teens today—how many temptations and traps the world sets for them, and how much they need Christ for guidance and help.