Unlike my trip to the March for Life last year, I had only one day off for this year’s March. I managed to get there and back in 21 hours. Don’t try that with kids, colds, or bad weather.
I’m not a fan of the formal pre-March pep rally; I’m already pepped or I wouldn’t be there. Instead, I talked with a group from Canada that comes every year to stand along the parade route to cheer. They decline invitations to walk in the March, as near as I can tell; one of them told me “we’re here to thank you.” I went to the New Wave Feminists meetup outside the shuttered Air and Space Museum (government shutdown in progress), where I heard from two amazing, courageous women whose stories were new to me. I ran into Dr. George Harne of Northeast Catholic College in Warner, N.H., who was with NCC students at the March.
“Unique from Day One” was the theme of the 2019 March for Life.
Students for Life display at March for Life Expo 2019, Washington DC
Peacefully making point outside the Supreme Court
Students for Life greet marchers at the end of March for Life 2019, in front of Supreme Court building.
Marchers and counter-protesters stood side by side in front of the Supreme Court under the watchful eyes of local police.
A glimpse back at marchers heading up Capitol Hill, March for Life 2019, Washington DC
It was fun to see students having a blast with Washington’s modest snow cover. I saw this snowman on the National Mall, propping up a sign from Feminists for Life.
I was determined to get a photo of the March crowd coming up Capitol Hill, which is hard to do from within the crowd – quick turn, hold up the phone, snap a photo and hope for the best – so I figured I’d get out ahead of the March and take a photo from the middle of the road. Nope, said a nice policeman. So the blurry image in this post’s gallery, taken as I teetered on the edge of a curb, was the best I could do. To see the size of the March, I recommend EWTN’s television coverage, along with this time-lapse video from Students for Life.
I ventured into the world of Facebook Live to give an assignment to viewers not at the March: call or tweet or visit or write our federal representatives, who are solidly pro-abortion – the ones from New Hampshire, at any rate. Let them know there’s a March going on; invite them to check it out; let them know that you don’t want your tax dollars being used for abortion or to subsidize abortion providers; and above all, let them know that Roe isn’t “settled.”
I’m pleased to pass on this message about buses from New Hampshire to the national March for Life in Washington next January 26-27, arranged by members of the Catholic Diocese of Manchester. Reservations are being accepted until November 1. A 50% deposit will be due at that time with the balance due December 15.
If your church or other group is planning to charter a bus, let me know and I’ll be glad to spread the word.
This message is from Patrick Kiefer of Laconia, and his contact information is at the end.
March for Life: We need you to go to Washington, DC for the March for Life and Pilgrimage of Faith.
Why do we go to the March for Life and Pilgrimage of Faith?
In 1974 Nellie Gray organized the first March for Life to remember the infamous US Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 that declared children in the womb are not persons – with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Hundreds of NH residents travel together by chartered coaches on Thursday morning, January 26, 2017 returning after the events of the day on Friday January 27, 2017 arriving back in NH very early Saturday morning.
What is included in the cost of the trip?
Round trip bus transportation/Group T-Shirt
One night hotel stay at Best Western(Lanham)/Best Western Plus (Largo), MD
Bag Lunch on Ride Down/Continental Breakfast
Round Trip Metro Ticket
What will we do in Washington, DC?
Option of Mass at Basilica or group Mass at Hotel
Mass with Bishop Libasciat Local Church/or Youth Rally Mass for those with tickets
Noon Rally on the National Mall (in between Smithsonian Museums)
Peaceful March to the Supreme Court Building concludes with prayers and hymns
Opportunity to meet and lobby with NH Members of Congress
How much will it cost for room and transportation?
Bus Only – $97
Double Occupancy – $169
Triple Occupancy – $150
Quad Occupancy – $141
Make checks payable to: St. Andre Bessette Respect for Life
Who can participate?
All ages are welcome to participate
There must be at least one adult who has completed all diocesan safe environment requirements for every three minors
Chaperones must complete all diocesan safe environment requirements on or before December 21, 2016
…Reservations forms should be forwarded to Patrick Kiefer, 19 Folsom St, Laconia, NH 03246 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations should be received by November 1, 2016 along with a 50% deposit. Final Payments should be in by December 15, 2016.
The Nobel Committee in Oslo got it right in 1979 when they recognized the work of the Missionaries of Charity by giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Mother Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta). A woman of peace, indeed – the peace of unceasing work in the name of God in service to others. Her strong suit was actions, not words, despite her fluency in multiple languages. Her Nobel speech is worth remembering because of the way she used words to make her listeners witnesses to her day-to-day work. Remember and be inspired.
(excerpts follow; full text may be found at this link)
Our hunger [is] for God, because we have been created for [His] love. We have been created in His image. We have been created to love and be loved, and then He has become Man to make it possible to love as He loved us. He makes himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the sick one, the one in prison, the lonely one, the unwanted one – and He says: you did it to Me. This is the hunger of our poor people. This is the hunger that you and I must find. It may be in our own home.
[I was] visiting a home where they had all these old parents of sons and daughters who had just put them in an institution and had forgotten them, maybe. I saw in that home they had beautiful things, but everyone was looking towards the door. I did not see a single one with a smile. I turned to the Sister and asked, how is it that the people have everything here, why are they looking towards the door, why are they not smiling? She said [that] nearly every day, they are expecting and hoping that a son or daughter will come to visit them. They are hurt because they are forgotten. See? This is where love comes. Maybe in our own family we have somebody who is feeling lonely, who is feeling sick, who is feeling worried. Are we there? Are we there to receive them?
We are talking of peace. The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing. And this I appeal in India, I appeal everywhere: let us make this year that we make every single child, born and unborn, wanted.
One evening, we went out and we picked up four people from the street. One of them was in a most terrible condition. I did for her all that my love can do. I put her in bed, and there was such a beautiful smile on her face. She took hold of my hand, and she said one thing only – “thank you” – and then she died. I could not help [but ask myself] what I would say in her place. I would have tried to draw a little attention to myself. I would have said I am hungry, that I am dying, I am cold, I am in pain, or something. But she gave me much more; she gave me her grateful love. She died with a smile on her face.
I believe that we are not real social workers. We may be doing social work in the eyes of the people, but we are really contemplatives in the heart of the world. We are touching the Body of Christ 24 hours a day. You, too, try to bring that presence of God into your family; the family that prays together stays together. Just get together, love one another, bring that peace, that joy, that strength of presence of each other in the home, and we will be able to overcome all of the evil that is in the world. Love begins at home. If we all look into our own homes, how difficult we find it sometimes to smile at each other. That smile is the beginning of love. Make time for each other in your family.
When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread. I have removed that hunger. But the person that is shut out, that feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out from society – that poverty is so much; I find it very difficult.
We must live life beautifully. We have Jesus with us, and He loves us. If we could only remember that God loves us, and I have an opportunity to love others as He loves me, not in big things but in small things with great love, then [this place] becomes a nest of love. And how beautiful it will be that from here, a center for peace has been given. That from here, the joy of life of the unborn child comes out.