Friday, January 25, 2013


The 40th March for Life

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by Jeanne Monahan and Patrick Kelly

January 22nd marks the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and on the 25th we will commemorate that solemn occasion with the 40th anniversary of the largest human rights demonstration in the world, the MARCH FOR LIFE.  With the passing of the pro-life leader and visionary Nellie Gray, a change in leadership has occurred, and with this new leadership comes big plans for the March as we go forward. 

This year in particular we aim to raise awareness in the minds of all Americans of the 40th Anniversary and the toll this has taken on these United States. Our theme includes an equation--40=55M, to signify that in the forty years since Roe v. Wade, 55 million of our fellow human beings have lost their lives to abortion. Fifty-five million is nearly the population of California and New York combined.  Clearly, abortion truly is the human rights abuse of today and our theme this year reflects this reality.  

Participants in this year's peaceful demonstration will notice that we have made some changes to the program. The rally preceeding the March will be much shorter. In past years we have had more than fifty legislators speaking; this year we will have only a handful of congressional leaders. Many legislators are expressing their support via our website by posting youtube clips and sending messages of encouragement to Marchers. Other speakers will rally our young people, who are the heart and soul and vitality of the pro-life movement. These young people are not just the future of the pro-life cause, they are the present reality. Gallup and other polls indicate that young people are predominantly pro-life!

This year also marks a new broader approach to media engagement. It has often been the case that Marchers are disappointed and even amazed that the mainstream media gives very little attention to the largest civil protest in the world, the March for Life. But this year we are proactively interviewing with many such outlets with the firm hope of increasing education and awareness about the 40th anniversary March. One such outlet even wondered whether our crowds might be larger than the inauguration! On that note, also for the first time we will have jumbo trons.

We are embracing social media technology to much larger degree this year. We have a brand new website and an expanded social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

But what happens the day after the March? What do we do the rest of the year? We are the MARCH FOR LIFE Education and Defense Fund, and we plan to develop the education component of our mission as we go forward. The MARCH FOR LIFE is remaking itself to become a tool for pro-lifers to march from the steps of the Supreme Court and into their communities, their churches, their workplaces, and their families.  We want to build a culture of life not only on the anniversary of Roe and Doe, but on every day of the year! We will continue the interviews, op-eds, and advocacy throughout the year, and we will continue to be in touch with our marchers. This is especially true of our young people, through the new channels social media has opened up to get information out to our movement.

Now more than ever, the American people do not embrace the legacy of Roe v. Wade, with its 55 million victims. Pro-life is the "new normal", and states are enacting record numbers of pro-life laws. At this important moment in our nation's history, please join us for the 40th anniversary of the MARCH FOR LIFE with the hope that soon we will work ourselves out of a job.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Baptism of the Lord

Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him.
John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and in readiness for us; he who is spirit and flesh comes to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water.
The Baptist protests; Jesus insists. Then John says: I ought to be baptized by you. He is the lamp in the presence of the sun, the voice in the presence of the Word, the friend in the presence of the Bridegroom, the greatest of all born of woman in the presence of the firstborn of all creation, the one who leapt in his mother’s womb in the presence of him who was adored in the womb, the forerunner and future forerunner in the presence of him who has already come and is to come again. I ought to be baptized by you: we should also add, “and for you,” for John is to be baptized in blood, washed clean like Peter, not only by the washing of his feet.
Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him. The heavens, like Paradise with its flaming sword,
closed by Adam for himself and his descendants, are rent open. The Spirit comes to him as to an equal, bearing witness to his Godhead. A voice bears witness to him from heaven, his place of origin. The Spirit descends in bodily form like the dove that so long ago announced the ending of the flood and so gives honour to the body that is one with God.
Today let us do honour to Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed. Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of men, for whom his every word and every revelation exist. He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received – though not in its fullness – a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
                                                                                        St Gregory Nazianzen

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

May the Virgin Mary, whom today we venerate with the title of Mother of God, help us to contemplate the face of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. May she sustain us and accompany us in this New Year: and may she obtain for us and for the whole world the gift of peace. Amen! Benedict XVI

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 46th World Day of Peace