From January 20-25th, I had the privilege of attending the March for Life pilgrimage in Washington, D.C. with teens and adults from Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. I call the trip a pilgrimage because it was certainly that. It was not merely a sightseeing trip, but was more of a Catholic experience in which we visited the shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton, Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary and grotto, the Baltimore Cathedral, and the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The trip was highlighted when we prayed a rosary in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic, and finally on Monday, January 24th, when we marched for life.
By the end of the trip, everyone involved had a deeper understanding and a deeper passion for the pro-life cause. The pro-life message is not merely a political issue, it should be a way of life. Life is sacred and precious and must be upheld in all instances, not just the unborn. God is a fan of life and we should be too. One way to protect life is to practice the virtue of charity at every opportunity. You never know what a kind word or gesture can do to someone else.
Lastly, we had the chance to hang out with six Nashville Dominican sisters during the entire pilgrimage. They lived out their vocation beautifully and they challenged me by their example to live more selflessly in my vocation with my wife. All in all the trip was transformative!