Marching is only the beginning of our efforts as a pro-life community. We need to pray more fervently today and every day for an end to the cultural of death. We march not only to protest, but to pray for a conversion. A conversion of the hearts and minds of women considering abortion, the conversion for our elected leaders, voters, friends, family, and so many people of good will who still do not understand the dignity of the most vulnerable members of our society. The most vulnerable people in our society are the unborn, but every vulnerable person deserves our protection – the homeless, the immigrant and undocumented worker, the elderly, the imprisoned, and of course the mother who is facing a situation so desperate and seemingly hopeless that she feels like her only option is abortion.
If we want to help the most vulnerable members of our society, if we want to see a culture of life in our lifetime, it’s not enough to march. We must make the culture of life present in our everyday lives. This upcoming year, I challenge you to continue your pro-life efforts past the March for Life. I encourage you to find ways to witness the pro-life message in your daily lives. Volunteer at a women’s shelter. Join a pro-life group at your school or parish. And finally, join us every day of the year through your prayers and intercessions. Pray for our society and our country. Pray for the oppressed, the lonely, the homeless, the forgotten and especially pray for women thinking about aborting their child, that they would find the help and hope they need to choose life. The March for Life reminds us that our advocacy for the dignity of the unborn and vulnerable must continue throughout the year, and not only when the March approaches. Keep the spirit of the March in your hearts and continue to promote the dignity of all life.
Casey Tisdell is a Senior Psychology Major and Vice-President of Students for Life at The Catholic University of America