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On Thursday, January 24th a group of 12 high school students and 7 adults from St. Anastasia got on a bus and headed to Washington D.C. to participate in the March for Life. Early Friday morning our day began with a Youth Rally and Mass, where we sang praise and worship, participated in the Eucharist, and were surrounded by over 20,000 youth from throughout the country. Here is a reflection from one of the teens who participated in this event.
“Do you think that you made a difference today?”
On January 25th, Elizabeth Spencer asked this question to a group of teenagers. She was referring to our participation in the 40th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. After a night of traveling, an inspiring Youth rally, and a two hour march to the Supreme Court Building, the response to her question was a deflated: “No.”
Granted, we were tired. And slightly frostbitten. But why were we so disheartened? We were in Washington D.C., exercising our First Amendment right, along with more than 500,000 pro-life advocates. We knew what we were doing was right. We represented human dignity. We represented Love.
The issue, I believe, was not our purpose, but the response. In our eyes, there were half of a million people protesting the degradation of life. But there was nothing in our sight, or even our peripherals, to suggest that we were noticed. Since 1973, when abortion was legalized in the United States, about 54,559,615 babies have been murdered. We demonstrated our care for all of God’s children, the ones that were deemed not useful yet and those thought no longer useful. We thought that we could represent the rejected. And some of us felt, after a day of defending the “unwanted,” as if we had just been discarded as well.
We teenagers can find it hard to see anything valuable unless it’s immediate. It’s difficult to just be “seed planters.” The “powerful” people of our nation may not have cared about us. But God, all-powerful, certainly cared about each person in D.C. that day. Each of us marched one hundred unborn souls to the Supreme Court building. By appreciating His creations, His gift of life, we expressed our love and gratitude.
Did we make a difference? I say we did. I know we did. One life might have been saved – maybe thousands. The numbers don’t matter. The person matters. Every individual – those in the womb, in hospice, and in prison. Those who went on the March for Life and those who stayed home. You. You matter to God. He loves you. By standing up for the dignity of the human person and living your own life with dignity, you are pro-Life and pro-Love. That makes a difference.
St. Anastasia – St. Alan -John A. Reuter Men’s March retreat at Manresa with men of the Greater Detroit Area is set for March 8 – 10, 2013 Friday to Sunday. The Retreat begins at 7:00 PM Friday with dinner and ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday. You can arrive any time after 5:00 PM to get settled into your room and explore the grounds and retreat house. Manresa is located at Quarton and Woodward. Be with men of your parish and other men from the Greater Detroit parishes. Resolve to call Manresa at 248-644-4933 or you can reserve your space online.
The theme of this retreat is “Finding the Face of Jesus.” Director: Fr. Peter Fennessy, S. J.
Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.
-Pope Benedict XVI