March for Life, Million Woman March

March for Life, Million Woman March

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,

Thank you to everyone who participated in the March for Life on January 27, 2017.  I am not sure if I have ever heard of a local parish taking FIVE BUS LOADS of people to the March!  High Schools, colleges and universities, yes.  But, a parish??!!!!  Those were the foot soldiers.  Thank you to all of you who were unable to go, yet prayed and sacrificed for a conversion of hearts and minds to the dignity of the unborn. (We had 50 more people on a waiting list!)

The March for Life has always been held on a weekday, rather than a weekend.  One reason is to be able to speak to one’s representative and senator.  Another would be to impact government workers who are part of making policy for the country.  Every year since 1973 the March for Life has occurred in D.C.  It has been a passionate event for life.  It has also been a truly joyful event involving all ages – especially the young.  For, truth, love, life and joy go together.  God is love.  Jesus says, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’  St. Paul also reminds us to rejoice always.

At the March for Life we often see images of Our Blessed Mother, Mary.  The prominent image of the Virgin Mary is Our Lady of Guadalupe.  For, Our Lady is pregnant with Our Lord in the image of Guadalupe.  We also hear and see Christian messages.  We hear Godly hymns and songs throughout the March.

It was interesting that the ‘Million Woman March’ occurred the previous Saturday in D.C. and in other cities throughout the country to protest our new president.  I wonder how many would have attended if they would have had to miss a day of work as is the case with the March for Life every year?

Those who went to the inauguration of President Trump and crossed paths with protesters as well as those who witnessed the ‘Million Woman March’ saw and heard crude, vulgar and offensive messages.  Suffice it to say that a key ingredient was abortion and Planned Parenthood.  When you remove power from people and sin is threatened (sexual license in this case) often the response is what we have witnessed.  Those who tell us - who stand for the unborn, true marriage and religious liberty - that we must ‘tolerate’ attacks on these absolute truths as taught in the Catholic Faith, now are fearful that Truth will become, once again, the law of the land.  Do they tolerate?  Just listen for one minute or look for ten seconds at the messages from the ‘Million Woman March’.  I am not going to repeat any of the vile, vulgar and unwomanly rhetoric here.

It is incredibly ironic that these two marches occurred within one week of each other, surrounding the anniversary of the legalization of abortion, January 22nd.  As much as the march on Saturday, January 21st claimed to be about woman, it was not.  If it had been, the image of THE WOMAN would have been pronounce: the Virgin Mary.  The March for Life includes the Creator of woman throughout, not the ‘Woman’s March’.  The March for Life speaks of virtues, such as humility, selflessness/love, purity and chastity.  The ‘Woman’s March’ chanted ‘My body, My choice.’  The March for Life bespeaks truth, beauty and goodness.  Where was truth, beauty and goodness at the ‘Woman’s March’?

Throughout life, I have known many strong-willed women.  Many of them are mothers, often of large families.  They also are women of God, beauty, grace, goodness, sensitivity, creativity, receptivity, and truth.  Many of their type we cross paths with at our parish and at the March for Life.

God bless

"And you have celebrities from the podium using profanity-laced insults. You have a very prominent singer who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars not going over to women shelter here in D.C. to write a check, but instead saying that she thought of, quote, burning down the White House.

Conway was referring to Madonna, who told the women gathered in Washington: "Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair...I choose love."

Madonna said some terrible things about President Trump, including sexual suggestions expressed with profanity.

Conway noted that the American people just held an election. "And a lot of what I heard from this march yesterday in Washington, we heard all through the election. And that whole messaging and their candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost. Twenty-nine to 30 million women voted for Donald Trump. Their voices are heard as well. They should be respected.

"I just thought they missed an opportunity to be about solutions and to really fight for those millions of women whose kids are trapped in failing school, who don't have access to health care, who don't have access to an economic, affordable life. And those are the -- those are the people that we're here for, the forgotten men, the forgotten women and their children.

Gloria Steinem, center right, greets protesters at the barricades before speaking at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

"And I just thought it was such a contrast to have President Trump deliver an inaugural address that was so uplifting and aspirational and inclusive of America -- if you open your heart to patriotism, there's no room for prejudice, and then the very next day, you have these profanity-laced, threatening, vulgar comments coming from the podium.

"The whole celebrity thing didn't work for Hillary Clinton. She tried that in her campaign and it failed," Conway added.

According to the Associated Press, more than a million women (and men) turned out Saturday at demonstrations across the nation, apparently to oppose President Trump's agenda and to fight for "women's rights."

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Conway said Donald Trump "hears and sees a country that is divided."

"Donald Trump didn't divide the country," she said, "but as president, he has a great opportunity to help heal and unify it." She added, "He is going to be a president for all Americans."

And in a heated interview conducted by NBC's Chuck Todd, Conway again noted that "everything we heard from these women yesterday happened on the watch of Barack Obama. He was president for eight years, Donald Trump has been here for about eight hours."

Gracias a todos los que participaron en la Marcha por la Vida el 27 de enero del 2017.  No estoy seguro si alguna vez escuché de alguna parroquia local que haya llevado ¡CINCO BUSES LLENOS a la Marcha!  Escuelas Secundarias, Colegios, Universidades, sí.  ¡¡¡¿¿Pero, una parroquia??!!!  Ellos fueron los soldados marchando.  Gracias a todos los que no pudieron ir, sin embargo oraron e hicieron sacrificios por la conversión de corazones y mentes por la dignidad del no nacido.  (¡Teníamos más de 50 personas en la lista de espera!)

La Marcha por la Vida siempre se ha hecho durante un día laboral en lugar del fin de semana.  La razón es porque de esa manera uno puede hablar con su representante y su senador.  Otra razón es para impactar a los empleados del gobierno quienes son la parte que estará haciendo las políticas del país.  Cada año desde 1973 la Marcha por la Vida ha ocurrido en Washington D.C.  Ha sido un evento apasionado por la vida.  También, siempre ha sido un evento verdaderamente alegre que involucra a todas las edades – especialmente a los jóvenes.  Juntos por la verdad, el amor, la vida y la alegría.  Dios es amor.  Jesús dice, ‘Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida’.  San Pablo también nos recuerda que debemos alegrarnos siempre.

En la Marcha por la Vida, a menudo vemos imagines de Nuestra Santísima Madre, María.  La imagen prominente de la Virgen María es Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.  Porque en esa imagen de Guadalupe, nuestra Señora está embarazada con Nuestro Señor.  También escuchamos y vemos mensajes cristianos.  Escuchamos himnos y cantos religiosos durante toda la Marcha.

Es interesante que la ‘Marcha de un Millón de Mujeres’ ocurrió el sábado anterior en D.C. y en otras ciudades alrededor del país para protestar en contra de nuestro presidente.  Me pregunto ¿cuántos hubiesen asistido si hubieran tenido que perder un día de trabajo como es el caso con la Marcha por la Vida cada año?

Aquellos que fueron a la inauguración del Presidente Trump y cruzaron caminos con los que estaban protestando así como con los que presenciando ‘la Marcha del Millón de Mujeres’ vieron y escucharon mensajes crudos, vulgares y ofensivos.  Basta decir que el ingrediente clave fue el aborto y Planned Parenthood (Planificación Familiar).  Cuando se le quita poder a la gente y el pecado se ve amenazado (licencia sexual en este caso), a menudo la respuesta es la que hemos presenciado.  Aquellos que nos dicen – a quienes se ponen de pie por el no nacido, el verdadero matrimonio y la libertad religiosa – que debemos ‘tolerar’ los ataques a estas verdades absolutas como se enseñan en la Fé Católica, ahora tienen miedo a que la Verdad será, nuevamente, la ley de nuestra tierra.  ¿Ellos son tolerantes?  Sólo escuchen por un minuto o vean diez segundos de los mensajes en la ‘Marcha del Millón de Mujeres’.  Yo no voy a repetir aquí ninguna retórica vil, vulgar y poco femenina.

Es increíblemente irónico que estas dos marchas ocurrieron con una semana entre ellas, alrededor del aniversario de la legalización del aborto, el 22 de enero.  Por mucho que la marcha del sábado 21 de enero afirmara que era por las mujeres, no lo fue.  Si hubiese sido por ellas, la imagen de la MUJER que debería haber sido pronunciada: La Virgen María.  La Marcha por la Vida incluye a lo largo de ella al Creador de la mujer, la ‘Marcha de las Mujeres’ no.  La Marcha por la Vida habla de virtudes, tales como la humildad, abnegación/amor, y castidad.  La ‘Marcha de las Mujer’ recitaba ‘Mi cuerpo, mi elección’.  La Marcha por la Vida denota verdad, belleza, y castidad.  ¿En dónde durante la Marcha de las Mujer hubo verdad, belleza y bondad?

Durante mi vida, he conocido muchas mujeres de carácter fuerte.  Muchas de ellas son madres, a menudo de familias grandes.  Ellas también son mujeres de Dios, de belleza, gracia, bondad, sensibilidad, creatividad, receptividad y verdad.  Muchas de su tipo cruzaron caminos en nuestra parroquia y en la Marcha por la Vida.

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