You have a sudden uncontrollable urge for a sandwich. You’re sitting upstairs; the food is downstairs. Yes, it means you have to get up, but the saliva is already running like Niagara Falls in your mouth at just the thought of the perfect blend of honey mustard and ham. There’s no way to deny it any longer, so you leap up and bound down to the kitchen to where the ham and cheese goodness resides.
Basic principle right? “What principle?” you may ask… Well, the principle that if you truly desire something, you will do what you can to go after it.
I believe that abortion is a terrible evil. Because I believe that, for the past couple years I’ve gone to the March for Life held in Washington D.C. It’s a peaceful protest held in the middle of the city where an estimated 250,000-400,000 people gather to let the government know they’re not okay with the decision of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973. It’s striking to see people of all ages who have traveled miles and miles to stand up for life.
There’s one scene that I’ll never forget from the March for Life. At one point during the walk between the National Mall and the Supreme Court, there’s a slight hill. At the top of the hill, I turned to look behind me. The huge, multicolored, sign holding, smiling, praying, joyful crowd slowly progressing forward said so much to my heart. It said there’s hope. That we’re not alone in clinging to our morals amidst a culture of death. That united, as the body of Christ, our prayers and sacrifices have an impact. That no matter how cold, how sore or how tired we were, every one of us was there because we were alive, while 1/4th of our generation is not – and that’s not something to sit and do nothing about.
All across the country this coming weekend, there will be Marches, Masses, prayer vigils, and gatherings to pray to end abortion. Maybe you can’t make it all the way out to D.C., but a pro-life event may be closer than you think. It might take a little research but I urge you to try and do something – even if you have to organize it. We have to accompany our belief with actions, whether that’s falling to our knees to say a rosary to end abortion, or walking with thousands of people in the bitter cold. If you and I want to see the end of abortion in our country, we cannot be silenced – too many unborn babies already have been.
Every day we act upon what we want, what will make us more comfortable and happy – the ham sandwich, for example. It’s time to act upon what we believe, even if it involves sacrifice and standing out.