March for Life 2015: Hope and Foreboding

January in the Tropics; January in the Nation’s Capital

What a difference twelve months can make. Last year at this time I was serving in Benque Viejo, Belize, fully immersed in the joys and sorrows of our busy SOLT mission at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish.  The sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, passed with hardly a ripple in that Caribbean/Central American country where the Culture of Death has only recently begun to make its inroads.

In April of 2014, however, I was reassigned back to the United States- to Kansas City, as it turns out. And so it was that when January 22nd rolled around this year I found myself participating in the 42nd annual March for Life protesting the Court’s heinous ruling. With about 200 fellow pilgrims from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, I marched to the steps of that same Court whose ruling has caused an estimated 50 million deaths through abortion. One speaker dubbed our peaceful protest (about 500,000 in all) “The largest civil rights march ever.”

Pro-Life: Sine qua Non for SOLT

If the opportunity to participate in the March for Life was a novelty for me, protesting Roe v. Wade in less dramatic ways was not.  To be a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity by definition is to be pro-life, as longtime member Nikki Sullivan informed me back in 1985 when I applied to the community. In an informal interview over the phone, she gently asked where I stood on the issue.  Upon hearing that I was pro-life, and had openly protested abortion, Nikki voiced her approval: this was one issue on which SOLT was unanimous, she informed me.  Since becoming a member, I have prayed from time to time in front of the abortion mill in Corpus Christi, TX, like SOLT laity, priests, brothers and sisters.

March for Life 2015: Joy, Hope, Energy

Never having participated in a March for Life before, I hadn’t anticipated the joy, hope and energy of our protest, especially on the part of the youth. Truthfully, I was unprepared for the exuberance and steady confidence with which they proclaimed “We are the pro-fife generation!” and “We will end abortion in our time!”  The kids I met made it easy to believe what one of our rally speakers proclaimed: that of all the age groups, young people are the most pro-life. Talking with teens like Paige and Naomi from Benedictine College (below), I was left with an unexpected gift of hope: Yes, I believe it. Yes, I think legalized abortion will end in our times – largely because of this rising generation!

Steps of the Supreme Court: March’s End, Intercession’s Beginning

Our three-hour long March for Life ended on the steps of the Supreme Court – the institution whose 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision resulted in the impeccably legal deaths of millions of babies in the womb. Once each group reached its destination it reversed direction, moving against the sea of packed humanity towards Union Station and home.

The Supreme Court in the background; pushing against the tide as I return to ordinary life. The more I think about it, the more fitting the symbolism appears – and not only, unfortunately, in terms of abortion.

On Friday, January 16, 2015 the Supreme Court announced its intention to rule on whether states can ban gay unions.* As I write, 36 of 50 states allow these pseudo-marriages.  If the Court rules that states cannot forbid these unnatural arrangements (despite the frequent disapproval of the electorate), how will this country, and the world, change?  What will it mean for our children and grandchildren to live in a world where marriage as instituted by God is seen as merely one possible living arrangement? Will gay couples be content to peacefully coexist with those who uphold the sanctity of marriage?  St. John the Baptist, pray for us. (Mk. 6:18); St. Thomas More, pray for us; Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, pray for us.

Submitted by Sr. Mary Katherine Malmros, SOLT

*Marriage by definition is the permanent union of a man and a woman.  Speaking of gay “marriage” creates a linguistic and hence cultural beachhead for its acceptance.  In the war between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death, language is the first casualty.

March for Life Collage

Benedictine College students Paige( r) and Naomi, latest in a long line of Raven Pro-Lifers.

Bp. Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph said Mass for the pilgrims from his diocese and joined them in the March.

Sr. Mary Katherine Malmros, SOLT, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Never too young to work for the Culture of Life.