Two and half centuries ago, the Founding Fathers of the United States wrote these words, “We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is for this conviction that 500,000 to 600,000 Americans marched for the protection of life, at all stages, this past Friday, January 27th, 2017. Every year close to the anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the Court Case which ruled in favor of abortion in the United States, young people, and families from across the Country come together with great joy to celebrate and defend life in Washington, DC.
This year’s March became an historic event, when President Donald Trump asked Vice President Mike Pence to address the attendants, acknowledging the March on a Presidential level for the first time. He said,
“You know, life is winning in America. And today is a celebration of that progress that we have made in this cause. You know I’ve long believed that a society can be judged by how we care for its most vulnerable, the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn…we must continue to be a movement that embraces all, cares for all, and shows respect for the dignity and worth of every person.”
St. John Paul II shows us the importance of this respect for the human person saying, that he “a unique composite - a unity of spirit and matter, soul and body, fashioned in the image of God and destined to live forever.”
As our Directory of Spirituality states, “From this mystery (the Incarnation) we want to set out fervently to restore all things in Christ (Eph1:10). We want to be another Incarnation of the Word so as to incarnate Him in all that is human” (Directory of Spirituality, 1). Therefore, as members of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word, the protection of human life is all the more important and relevant to our Charism, prolonging the Incarnation of the Word who came so we “might have life” (Jn 10:10) . May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn and of the Americas intercede for us, that we might be faithful to this mission.