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Friday, January 23, 2004

Wow! The March for Life! Here's all about my first experience with it (bear with me...it'll be long):

We boarded the parish at 6:30 am. We were very lucky to be accompanied by one of the wonderful Priests from St. Vincent. Before we left, he brought the ciborium onto the bus, and we had a short Communion service and were all able to receive Jesus!!! That was the summit of the day right there!

We traveled for about four hours (praying lots of Rosaries!) and arrived in DC around 11. The speeches began shortly after we arrived. There were a lot of pro-life politicians speaking. One of the senators has 12 kids! The President called in and gave his support and encouragement for the March. They were followed by leaders from several different religious organizations. All of it was wrapped up with greetings from Catholic Bishops throughout the country! Fr. Frank Pavone of the Priests for Life was also introduced...he received a great deal of applause!

After an hour or so, the March began!!! The Catholic turnout was incredible! Everywhere you looked there were people in clericals or habits. A lot of Catholic colleges sent busloads as well. Christendom, Stubie, ND (my brother's college!), and Mt. St. Mary's were some of the banners I saw. All of the seminaries that we walked past were praying the Rosary or singing hymns. Quite beautiful! Towards the end of the March, I had the pleasure of meeting the Sisters of Life. What a wonderful order! Anyway, it was very, very, very amazing. Next year I will be going to the Vigil Mass as well. Of course, there is always the hope that next year will be a celebration of the end of abortion instead of a protest against it. Pray for us, oh Blessed Mother of God!!

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