Posted tagged ‘Culture of Death’

Walk for Life West Coast

February 11, 2009

A couple of days before the Walk for Life, I was sort of struck by the fact that God was going to show up in an interesting and unexpected way. I didn’t know why or how. I just got this feeling of excitement. A rainy Friday morning came and about 25 fellow students gathered in the parking lot for our journey to San Francisco.  It took us seven hours through pounding rain to finally make it there and meet up with our classmates at Little Sisters of the Poor where we were staying. We did a vigil for the unborn and then went to bed exhausted.

We woke up to a full continental breakfast from the Little Sisters of the Poor. The sisters were so giving, hospitable, and full of joy. Their generosity was overwhelming.  After our hearty breakfast, we went to Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption with three California bishops. The Mass was interesting because of the all of the college student groups were there. It was great to see young college students from almost every California college campus gathered to defend Life.

After Mass, we walked two miles through the city to the park that was holding the pre-walk rally. The weather was actually really nice. It was suppose to rain, but it didn’t and the clouds cleared as the day wore on. This rally was teeming with a hope for the Culture of Life. It was great to see so many people supportive of Life. You would see the counter-protest camp and see just feel the hurt and anger. You look at their faces and you see pure sadness. The counter-protesters were yelling for the first maybe 200 yards, but they didn’t want to keep walking with us I guess. There were only a hundred or so counter-protesters so they got quickly frustrated with the 35,000 Pro-Life supporters. The San Francisco Police were in full force and maintained a very peaceful event.   It was great to be able to participate in this important demonstration of faith and see that we are in union with so many people in standing up against our modern holocaust. The walk was evidence that people are not giving up and growing stronger.

On-Mission Event

February 9, 2009

At JP Catholic we have an event called On Mission.   A guest speaker from the community is brought in to speak on how they live their Catholic faith in their workplace and followed by confession and Eucharistic Adoration.

Recently at JP Catholic, Jim Holman, founder and editor of The San Diego Reader and a pro-life supporter, recently spoke to the students about the recent election cycle and Proposition 4 in California. Proposition 4 is a law that would require minors to get parental consent for an abortion. Currently in California, a teen can get an abortion without their parents or family members ever knowing. Jim Holman was the single largest proponent of this bill and it barely lost this past November. He spoke frankly on why he is involved and cares so deeply about stopping abortion. He made an interesting comparison that rocked my world. He was comparing the Holocaust in Germany to current Culture of Death in America. Now, I have heard of this analogy before, but it never sank in. He was saying how most people know about the persecution of Jews, but didn’t do anything about it. I remember watching World War II movies and how they would show American soldiers discovering concentration camps. They would go into town and ask the people about it and they would plead ignorance. I would say if I lived in Nazi Germany, I would stand up and do something. But, how can I make such a claim when I do not do enough to stand up for innocent life in America? I am no different than most people living in Nazi Germany if I do not stand up vocally for the life of the unborn.