By Jonathan Jesik
“We are the pro-life generation!” I heard this along with thousands of Hail Marys at the March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 27. According to some media outlets there were over 500,000 participants during this year’s March for Life.
The March for Life festivities started with a protest and prayer in front of Planned Parenthood on January 26. Prominent pro-life priests were there speaking and leading the faithful in peaceful protest and prayer. Later in the day, an evening Mass was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the pro-life movement. As I stepped into the basilica, I witnessed a packed church filled with primarily young adults, so much so that I wasn’t able to walk through the aisles or the narthex. My heart was instantly filled with love for the new evangelization and joy from seeing so many young people of our Church standing for what we believe and know to be right and true.
The next day, on January 27, was the actual march. The day started with Mass, and much of the faithful processed to the National Mall, which was the beginning of the march. A rally for life was held where we had distinguished speakers including newly-sworn in Vice President Mike Pence. The speakers thanked us for not only being pro-life, but for being involved in the pro-life movement and encouraged us to continue our great work and to grow our passion for life.
At the National Mall during the rally the crowd, most of whom were Catholic, were singing praise and worship songs. Vice President Pence joined in, as well. I was excited and thankful for Pence’s witness in this administration against abortion and euthanasia.
As the pro-lifers marched, the city was filled with thousands of people praying the rosary. I saw many priests and nuns leading us in this fight for life. Everyone was joyous. Our souls were filled with gladness. Christian joy was the spotlight and everyone was feeding off of it.
We were marching for the sanctity of life. We were marching for those who cannot march. We were marching for those who cannot speak. We were marching for mercy. We were marching for what is just. We were marching for goodness. And it was simply done out of love for God, and out of love for our brothers and sisters who weren’t able.
This is the new evangelization! Let us draw ever more closely to God. Let us hear and seek him more. And let us stand up and fight for what we believe and know to be true and good, even if persecution comes. For we are the light of the world, and our light cannot and will not be extinguished.