Rome, May 20, 2017
A great number of our Religious Family participated in the Rome March for Life. The day began with a conference held at the Angelicum University, where speakers spoke about life, as well as the current issues of gender and euthanasia, from both the juridical and philosophical points of view. The conference concluded with the testimony of Gianna Jessen, who “lived through,” or better said, survived, thanks to God, an abortion attempt. Her living testimony has deeply touched the terrible reality of our times, the “philosophy of death.”
In the afternoon, we participated in the actual march on the streets of Rome, walking behind and marching under the protection of our dear Virgin of Luján. It was a full manifestation of life, living and vivacious. It needs to be publically witnessed to by many, but even more so, there is a need to pray that God touches the depths of the hearts of our governors, and those who think it is right to do, protect, and implement the homicidal practices against life. Life is a precious good, a gift of God that cannot be thrown away as waste. “Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the greatness and the inestimable value of human life” (Evangelium Vitae, 2).
“In a special way, believers in Christ must defend and promote this right, aware as they are of the wonderful truth recalled by the Second Vatican Council: "By his incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every human being".1 This saving event reveals to humanity not only the boundless love of God who "so loved the world that he gave his only Son" (Jn 3:16), but also the incomparable value of every human person” (Evanglium Vitae, 2).
May the Most Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, illumine the consciences of all men and help us to understand and receive the gift of life as she had.
1Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et Spes, 22.