Can’t Go to the March for Life? 5 Things You can Do To Stand For Life Right Now
A Nation Rises- March for Life
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Watching this promotional film for the March for Life produced by Blackstone Films is sure to build your passion and enthusiasm to attend the event held in Washington, D.C. every year on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
However, many of us, for one reason or another, are not in the season of life in which we can pack up our bags and families to attend this important rally in support of life.
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Not to worry, below you will find a list of 5 things you can do right now to show your solidarity and support to the ProLife movement and our brothers and sisters in Christ who will be attending the March.
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You knew this one was coming! Of course, the answer to everything is PRAYER. We must make our requests known to God. The request to change the hearts and minds of our nation’s leaders and those who support abortion. The request to bring healing to all those who have experienced the pain of abortion. The request to save the lives of all unborn babies. The request for the safety of those traveling to the March for Life. The requests may be endless, but God will hear each one. Lift up whatever aspect of this movement that Weighs heavy on your heart. There are many resources available to help direct your prayers. Priestsforlife.org offers a beautiful Rosary for Life, Intercessors for America offers a free 7 day pray guide, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a novena (They also offer an app, text messages and emails to remind you to pray.) and Marchforlife.org offers a Pray Pledge for all who can’t attend
Was a high school essay the last time you made an effort to learn more about the Prolife movement and what the Catholic Church believes? If you haven’t taken the time to stay up to date on the new issues that arise, set aside an hour today to read on stem cell research, contraception, euthanasia and abortion. This is not light reading and will require a quiet space as well as your full attention. Education is a tool that empowers us to have the courage to speak out on our stance for life. It is imperative that Catholics know at least a few reasons why we are prolife. Taking time to study these important concerns is a way of fasting from another activity that you enjoy doing in order to fit it in to your schedule. A few good places to start.
3. Teach and Share:
We have a God-given responsibility to instruct others and lead them by our example. There are several things we can do to teach those around us to be ProLife.
With your family or friends watch clips of The March For Life. Take time to discuss the importance of choosing life and acting on our passions.
Post a prolife Facebook status or send out a tweet in support of those marching. Several organizations have created their own tag for the march (#whywemarch, #iseetwo, #whywepray). Social media is one of the most effective ways to reach people. Pray about an article you could share, a video, a meme, or a prayer. Anything meaningful that may grab people’s attention. Catholic-Link.com has many wonderful resources available for you to share with your family and friends.
Get a sign for your yard, a bumper sticker or even have your kids draw pictures to put up in your window supporting your views. Don’t be ashamed to show you stand for life. A verse commonly used is from Jeremiah 1:5
Even small children can be introduced to the value of all life. Teach your children that life begins in the womb by showing them pictures of their own ultrasounds. Talk about how God created them. Encourage them to pray for any families you know that are expecting babies.
Notice that this verse does not say “IF you give to the need“, it says “WHEN you give to the needy.” This implies that giving is not a choice, but an expectation of our Lord. Both the unborn babies and courageous mothers who decide to choose life for their children are in need of our help. Of course donations of money are always needed by crisis pregnancy centers and prolife groups, but you can also donate items (maternity and baby clothing, diapers, toys, and baby gear) and time volunteering. Do some research and find out where and how you can help in your area. We need to be willing to give of ourselves to help these women after they make the choice of life for their child.
5. Plan: If you are unable to attend the March for Life in January, start preparing for 40 Days for Life. The ministry began in 2007 and has spread rapidly. Their efforts have saved over 9,000 babies, inspired 107 abortion workers to quit their jobs and closed 59 abortion centers. If your is not one of the 559 cities that currently takes part in this prayerful event for life, there is plenty of information on how to get it started. Plan ahead so you don’t miss out on this beautiful opportunity to share our faith and act on our love for life. 40 Film Trailer