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Members of the Marian Fathers prepare for the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

We Stand with Christ for Life

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By Melanie Williams (Jan 25, 2020)
This year's March for Life was a historic event. Not only did this annual pro-life event bring tens of thousands of attendees, but also for the first time ever, the President of the United States.

President Trump addressed the massive crowds of attendees on the National Mall before the March began. Blocks away, tens of thousands of other March attendees listened in on smart phones and speakers.

As the President addressed the crowd he said, "We are here for a very simple reason: to defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential. ... When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God's creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. ... Together, we are the voice for the voiceless."

The theme for this year's March for Life was "Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman," in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, securing women's right to vote.

Commenting on this, President Trump said, "To all the women here today, your devotion and your leadership uplifts our entire nation and we thank you for that. ... [T]o all the moms here today, we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes. Your strength, devotion, and drive is what powers our nation. Because of you, our country has been blessed with amazing souls who have changed the course of human history."

"We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve. The dreams they will imagine. The masterpieces they will create. The discoveries they will make. But we know this: every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting."

Marians of the Immaculate Conception who are stationed in Washington D.C., Steubenville, Ohio, and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, joined together at the March to, as their banner said, "Choose Mercy. Choose Life." As fellow Marchers passed by, the Marians shared the message of mercy and gave out posters with the Divine Mercy image that said, "We stand with Christ for Life."

Father Jim McCormack, MIC, house superior at the Marian Scholasticate in Washington, D.C., commented, "The energy level here is incredible. I went to the rally this morning and was blown away by the number of young people. The whole Capital One arena was full of young people. Archbishop Wilton Gregory celebrated the Mass with at least 20 other bishops and 150 priests. The papal nuncio to the United States Archbishop Christophe Pierre was also present to extend greetings from the Holy Father and a plenary indulgence that the Holy Father granted specially for this occasion. Here, now, at the March for Life, the energy level is uncontainable!"

Brother Timothy Childers, MIC, said, "Being here at the March reminds me that life is joyful. The joy that is here today makes me happy to be alive. It saddens me that people don't realize that life can be joyful. To join together today with tens of thousands of other people 'protesting' but in a joyful way, that's rare to see."

As the Marians witnessed hundreds around them standing up for life, Drew, a postulant with the Marians this year, said, "You never know where any one life is going to lead. I saw one young woman here with a sign that said, 'Life doesn't have any guarantees, but abortion doesn't give any chances.'"

With fervor, the Marian Fathers, and the thousands of others around them, marched up Constitution Avenue to the steps of the Supreme Court, in protest against Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion 47 years ago and has resulted in the loss of at least 60 million lives since then.

At the steps of the Supreme Court, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, said, "Every life march since Roe V. Wade has been important, but this year may be the most important. Why? Because we are in an election year—one when we need to stand with Christ for life more than ever. Arguably, this election may be the most important in the history of Western Civilization. Why? Because if we get a chance with the administration who will put one, maybe two more judges on the Supreme Court that are conservative and in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, it can happen. If we don't, if this election is lost, perhaps all chance that this will ever happen may be lost. So please, go to your voting booth this year and vote for the president who is most pro-life, vote for your representatives who are most pro-life. To all of our Marian Helpers out there, to all our friends and family who spread this message of Divine Mercy, please respond this year. Be active, and stand with Christ for life."

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