It’s hard to believe that it’s been 45 years since the landmark decision from Roe Vs Wade legalized abortion. Over 60 million babies have lost their lives to abortion. But on Sunday, January 14 love was in the air as thousands of marchers braved the below zero frigid temperatures for 2018 Chicago March for Life.
In explaining this year’s theme “Love Saves Lives”, the March for Life organizers explained, “Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option. Love is universally attractive because it is directed towards others. Love is what we all strive for because deep-down we are all drawn to give of ourselves in this way.”
We joined our friends from Northwest Families for Life and the busload of marchers from St. Theresa Parish in Palatine for the ride to Chicago. Arriving downtown, we saw that marchers from as far away as South Dakota overflowed into the streets surrounding Federal Plaza.
Before the March, we heard from Sheila Liaugminas, Host of Relevant Radio talk show “A Closer Look”, Cardinal Blaise Cupich, Bishop Donald Hying, (Diocese of Gary, IN), our dear friend Pat McCaskey, Co-owner of the Chicago Bears and several more Pro-Life speakers.
Marching behind an “Every Life Matters” banner we sang, prayed and walked in unity. Our hearts were touched and our hope ignited as we encountered the multitude of people, especially the energetic prolife young people.
Bidding farewell to our many newfound friends, we boarded the bus for our ride home. During the trip home we prayed rosary, asking Our Lady to open hearts so that the face of Jesus will be seen in every person and that life at all stages will be cherished with dignity and respect.