It doesn't take much time, especially when you consider that this may be the only physical action you take against abortion all year. (Not counting kneeling in prayer, that is.)
In Dallas, if you just attend the march, it takes maybe half an hour to get to the cathedral, an hour to march and listen to some speeches and (admittedly not my favorite) sing-along music.
But you will be participating in the one thing that the general public, the media, and government understand.
Your mere presence will help show that more people care about all phases of life than most people realize.
If everyone in Dallas/Fort Worth attended who really believed killing the unborn is wrong, I think the streets would be clogged for hours. The media, who generally ignores the thousands who attend here each year, would be unable to ignore those numbers.
We all have our reasons to stay home.
I understand. Every single year I battle the reasonable rationalizations that spring to mind. But those rationalizations are not really true a lot of the time. In my case, they always boil down to:
- It's inconvenient.
- I might get embarrassed.
- I don't like that music (now I'm clutching at straws).
- I'd rather be doing something else (anything else).
So, I'll just say it. I'm lazy, easily embarrassed, snobbish, and selfish. Welcome to my inner life.
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)Considering Mary's situation when she said, "Yes" to bearing Christ for us, I feel as if I can't ignore these littlest ones among us and their parents who are being lied to by everyone else in our society. Who need someone to stand up for them and tell the truth.
One of the things I like about the march is that this is my chance to simply "be there." Simply taking this walk lets my presence count without having to achieve another thing. There's a symbolism about that I like. A connection with the unborn whose value is in "being."
That's worth two hours, once a year.
The DFW March for Life is this Saturday, January 19.
If you want to go but are a first-timer, email me and we can arrange to meet outside the cathedral.
julie [at] glyphnet [dot] com
Bad Catholic has more on this subject specifically for men.