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By Fr. Jim McCormack, MIC (Jan 23, 2009)
Several Marians and friends were on hand on the Mall in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 22, to participate in the 35th annual March for Life. They joined with more than 100,000 other peaceful protesters to show their support for the legal protection of life in the womb, protection that was denied by the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.

Although temperatures were only in the high thirties, it was a beautiful, sunny day, which seemed to match the mood of all who attended.

Two days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, a man who supports abortion rights, one might have expected pro-life supporters to feel discouraged. But the reality was quite the opposite. Attendees filled the streets, singing songs and hymns, and praying the Rosary and the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. Speakers prior to the March encouraged everyone not to waiver in their prayers and in their support of life. Brother Thaddaeus Lancton, MIC, a seminarian, commented that he felt a sense of hope.

One particular sign of hope was the vast number of young people who took part in the March. It seemed that a majority of the marchers were under the age of 30. Beforehand, a youth rally and Mass filled the Verizon Center in downtown D.C. to overflowing capacity, and several nearby churches offered additional space. Such a tremendous turnout of young people is a great sign of hope for the future of the Church and for the pro-life movement in particular.

Only eight months ago, Pope Benedict XVI visited Washington, D.C. The message he preached to our nation, in fact the theme of his entire pilgrimage, was "Christ Our Hope." While many in our country today seem to be placing their hope in political change, the Holy Father's message is a reminder that Christ is the ultimate Source of our hope.

That message is a consolation to all Christians at this time. No matter what struggles or apparent setbacks we may face, whether political, economic, physical, or spiritual, our hope is grounded ultimately not in a mere human being but in God, who is always with us, and in His love and mercy, which is always providing for us.

Therefore, we can confidently say, "Jesus, I trust in You!" And it is for this reason that we Christians are a people of hope.

Brother Jim McCormack, MIC, is a seminarian living at the Marian Scholasticate in Washington, D.C.

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liz - Feb 9, 2009

Sherrie, none of us deserve God's forgiveness, but He freely gives it. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." We just need to ask for His forgiveness. What a blessing we have in the sacrament of Penance! It gives us God's forgiveness and Mercy.

Br. Thaddaeus - Jan 30, 2009

Thank you for reminding me that Christ ultimately brings the change... not just efforts at changing Congress. And, we always have hope.

Sherrie - Jan 29, 2009

I went through two abortions and will suffer the effects for the rest of my life. I will forever be in mourning. I do not deserve the forgivness of God. Please help end abortion.

Br. Angelo Casimiro, MIC - Jan 28, 2009

Thank you, Br. Jim, for a great article on the March for Life. It was awesome to be in solidarity this year with over 100,000 people in defense of life. President Obama may be promising a misguided hope but it is Jesus Christ who is the ultimate Source of our hope.

Fr. John Larson, MIC - Jan 27, 2009

From being there this year, I think it was the biggest March for Life I've ever attended. I've been to most of them since 1996, and the numbers seemed to me to go up and down depending on the year. In the late 1990's there appeared to be less than 100,000 but the numbers were still strong. From 2000-2003 the numbers were weaker. At least two of those years were quite disappointing. There has been a clear growth, largely among younger marchers (below 20), from then on, and 2008 and 2009 had much bigger turnouts than any I remember. The notable thing about 2009 was the "traffic jam." It took us about 1/2 an hour to simply get from the middle of the mall to the street because so many people were making their way to the street at the same time. That was a first. Also, younger marchers dominated from 2003-2007, but the past two years have seen an increase in all ages. The number of clergy and religious was also up. Seeing a priest or seminarian in a collar or a sister in a habit was quite common. A lot of young priests, seminarians, and religious want to be identified as pro-life and active in this field. Also, knowing some of the young priests and religious there, they tend to be quite active in ministries involving the poor, the aged, etc.

I would not be surprised if this year's march topped 100,000. Maybe it was even higher.

Betty - Jan 27, 2009

Hi Mary: God loves you too!! Learn about Him and His love and mercy...therein will be the change for which you (and many others) are searching.

mary bell - Jan 25, 2009

Their will be no change Obama already
has the wheels in motion to destroy
the Christian believes. And he will have the money to do it. The main stream media will stick up for him. Tell God to take a hike.