Today the 41st annual Right to Life March is taking place in Washington, D.C. (in addition to the Walk for Life in San Francisco, CA, and other gatherings at state capitols and elsewhere around the nation). On this day especially, we pray that every human person be valued by our society and protected by law. On this day especially, we pray for women in difficult situations, especially those women considering having induced abortions, that they would receive loving support to help them bring their children to term and find resources to either provide for their children or find loving adoptive families to receive them.
In the annual vigil Mass for life last night, Sean Cardinal O’Malley gave a moving homily in the National Basilica in our nation’s capitol. He said:
“When the Church raises a prophetic cry, “Choose Life”, we are performing a great service to all society. Life is sacred. Life is a mystery. Life must be protected, nurtured, respected. The Gospel of Life is the center piece of the Church’s social teaching.
When the value of life is compromised or diminished, all life is at risk. When we give the State the power to determine which human beings are worthy of living and which should be eliminated, what we are doing is opening a Pandora’s Box that unleashes every kind of injustice and violation of human dignity.”
He further stressed the importance of supporting the mothers who are also vulnerable and in need of protection and support, especially from the Church:
“We are all here because we want to save the thousands of innocent children who are being executed by the very people whose mission should be to heal and protect life. The truth is that we can save those babies only by saving the mothers. When they experience God’s loving mercy then they will become capable of showing mercy to their children. The Pro Life Movement has to be about saving mothers. We need to focus on the women to try to understand what they are suffering.”
Let us give time today to be in solidarity with those who march, and to be in solidarity with those who will never have the opportunity to march and with their mothers.