Thursday, January 27th, 2011
This is the first time in 6 years that I haven’t been in DC for the events surrounding the protest of 1973′s Roe v. Wade decision, most especially, the “march for life.” I am continually disheartened by the meagerness of the media’s coverage of this event, which covers many stories of far greater significance, and has covered “marches” that draw far fewer people. The March for Life is the largest annual march in our nation’s capital, and it is significantly comprised of the youth. However, news of a new MTV show that frankly narrates the promiscuous projects of teens is apparently more media-worthy.
Nevertheless, the uplifting dynamics of the weekend remain an effective sign of Christian life: There is an evil that we hate, recognizing it as evil because of reason’s natural judgments, and further inspired by the grace of Revelation. The evil is an object of hatred because of the grave systematic harm it does to individuals–the children killed and the mothers wounded–as well as to the mores that it culturally engenders and enforces.
But it is opposed simply by reason and by love. By the continual projection of argumentation against legalized abortion into the public forum. And most of all by the love of the Christian community for each other and for the world. Thus, it becomes an occasion of rejoicing. As St. Paul taught, while in prison, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near” (Phil 4.4-5).