As you read this, hundreds of thousands are getting ready to travel to our nation’s capital for the 2016 March for Life on Friday, January 22—many of them your fellow Catholics. But what about those of us who aren’t in a position to make the trip? How can rank-and-file Catholics who can’t be there take part in this very important peaceful public protest against abortion?
1) March where you’re planted.
Check with the pro-life office at your diocesan chancery and ask if there is a local march you can attend. Perhaps you can even work your local March for Life as a volunteer.
2) Help other people get there.
If a group from your area is raising money to make the trip to Washington, see what you can do to help that effort. Getting people there is the goal, whether or not one of those people is you.
3) Keep people comfortable.
Is there a bus heading to the march from your parish or diocese? Ask if you can do anything to make traveling more comfortable for the people going. If it’s a long trip, some snacks, books and magazines could be very welcome. It’s also going to be cold outside during the march. Ask if you can provide an emergency supply of gear for keeping warm (some marchers may arrive under-prepared).
4) Be a virtual marcher.
Participate in the Washington event long-distance by watching live TV coverage on EWTN or online at http://ewtn.com/prolife.
5) Go on a social media march.
While you’re watching the coverage, send out some tweets or Facebook posts to let people know what’s going on and increase awareness of the march. Some hashtags you can use to promote the event include: #WhyWeMarch, #marchforlife and
6) Pray the Rosary.
This isn’t just a political and legal battle; this is a spiritual battle against evil. And it can be won only with our most powerful spiritual weapons. According to some very trusted sources, you can’t go wrong with the Rosary:
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
Blessed Pope Pius IX
“Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.”
St. Padre Pio
“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima
The great thing about providing prayer support is that you can start right now. Pray for a successful and effective March for Life. Pray for people who are preparing to travel to Washington and for the organizers already there. Pray also for members of the media, that they will report the message of the march and the number of marchers accurately.
7) Pray for mercy.
While you have your beads handy, in this Year of Mercy, use them to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for women and men who have chosen poorly when faced with a crisis pregnancy, and for those who helped them follow through on those poor decisions. Pray that they will know the healing to which they were called when Pope Francis empowered every priest in the world to forgive the sin of abortion without an appeal to the local bishop.
8) Don’t give up!
The fact that another March for Life is approaching means we’ve had another year of abortion-on-demand in America. That’s a sad reality but hope burns brightly. In today’s alternative media world, light is being thrown into crevices of the abortion industry that were long hidden. Truth is on our side and perseverance in both prayer and action will lead us to become a nation that stands for true pro-life values throughout the world. If you want to learn more about abortion and the Catholic faith, take a look at these inspirational and educational pro-life resources we have available.
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