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Today is the day that I said goodbye to my two teenage sons for a few days. They, along with other youth from the state, are headed to Washington D.C. with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Maine for the National March For Life.
I’m so excited for them and the experience they will have of the whole thing!
Also, to be honest, I wish I was going with them. But, it just wouldn’t work out with the other kids’ home and my husband’s schedule.
Two of my children have gone before and after hearing about it, I have desired to experience the March for life for myself. Taking part in our civic duty, to vote, stand up for, or to protest, was not something that was emphasized when I was growing up. So, the importance of it is fairly new to me.
I want to go…
I am a little upset at the fact that they get to experience and take part in such an important event and I can’t be there with them. My husband and I should be there! But, then I got to thinking.
Our children, two of our boys who are seventeen-year-old and fifteen-year-old and our daughter who is 21 and a senior in college are all headed to the Nation’s Capital. As faithful, pro-life Catholics, they have decided on their own to take a stand for something bigger than themselves and that means so much to them – Life and the protection of the unborn.
All morning long the song ‘When the Saints Go Marching In‘ has been playing in my head. (I’m weird that way). Thousand of people, men & women, boys and girls, the very young and old are all marching for a cause that they believe so fully in. They are truly saints marching!
‘I want to be in that number...’
You may wonder why I would call them saints. Well, I have heard it said that ‘A saint is simply a sinner who keeps trying!
That is exactly what these thousands of people are doing! We have yet to see Roe Vs Wade be overturned. There are many innocent lives still being taken every single day. And these thousands of beautiful people, my children, & friends I haven’t met yet, keep on trying! – Marching on for life!
What can I do here from home?
But, all of this makes me think of what I can do for this March for Life. What can I do here, at home? Can I make a difference, really?
Well, today has been designated the “Day of Prayer for the protection of the Unborn”. I can definitely do that! Today and the next few days will be dedicated to prayer for this intention.
I can also fast! Something that may seem so insignificant, but fasting in conjunction with prayer can change hearts, move mountains, turn laws in the right direction and put evil back into its place. A powerful weapon we all have that is underutilized. So, fasting it is!
Stand for Something
If you are a parent, and you have a child that has decided to march or do anything that is standing up for Truth, take joy in that! It is a moment to ponder in your heart and truly thank God for it. These children are warriors in the most literal sense!
We pray, work and try so hard to instill these faithful desires in our children, I don’t want to miss a chance to realize it and be thankful that we have taught good things!
Thinking of the courage that our children have, I am truly amazed.
These are your typical mouthy, rowdy, fistfighting teenage boys! They had to let their peers, coach, and school know that they were going to the National March for Life and exactly what they were doing. This in itself is a statement of their faith and commitment. I know I would have not been so brave at that age.
So on Friday, January 24th at 1:00 pm, when the National March For Life begins, stop and take a moment to think about these saints. The saints who are marching in. They are marching in cold, in sun, in rain, and in unison for the protection of the most vulnerable in our land today, the unborn.
But, also remember that we are all saints. We are sinners who keep on trying. And even if we can be there marching, our prayers are what keep the whole movement moving in the direction of lives being saved – the direction of LIFE!