This post is the first in a series of posts during this #prolife week.
By: Kevin Bohli, Director of Youth Ministry
Prayer before action.
Tens of thousands of teens are descending upon Washington, D.C. this week for the 42nd annual March for Life on January 22. God willing, their presence will inspire elected officials and others throughout the country to change their minds on the legality of taking the life of an unborn baby.
However, before marching to the Supreme Court, many thousands of those teens will first be on their knees in prayer. On the evening of January 21, about 8,400 teens will be gathering for the Arlington Diocese’s “Life is VERY Good” evening of prayer at the sold-out Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. It’s an amazing sight to behold: 8,400 teenagers praying in total silence before Jesus Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Of course, they will be praying for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all life. That is the easy part. However, the more difficult part is when we challenge these teens to pray for a deeper conversion in their own lives. It is one thing to say that we are “pro-life” when it comes to abortion, but does it show in all of our actions on a daily basis? How we treat those we disagree with? How we make sacrifices for those who are struggling? How we care for the elderly or support struggling parents? The types of “entertainment” we support on television, or on the internet? How we respect the inherent dignity in our boyfriend or girlfriend?
I hope that you will take a stand for life this Thursday on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. However, I encourage you to also join with thousands of teenagers from across the country as we first pray for the Lord to convert our own hearts to be more loving and pro-life in every aspect of the word.