I look forward to the 2008 March For Life more than ever before. I am encouraged for many reasons, not the least of which is the growing intensity of the battle. After several years of domination by a political party that promised everything, yet delivered very little, maybe the church will wake up and realize the futility of putting all of our eggs in one basket.
This battle must be fought on all fronts. It is a battle for the hearts and souls of mankind. It is a battle that will decide the future of humanity and civilization. It is a battle that will not be completed until a majority of people both in the U.S. and throughout the world grasp the concept of the sanctity of human life. That ideal will only be realized as hearts are changed. That means we have to fight spiritually through prayer and truth as well as visibly being seen with our message on the streets, in the political, social and economic arenas. You might appropriately ask how that can be accomplished. To be honest, I do not have the complete answer. However, I do believe the solutions to winning the battle for life are encapsulated in the energy, passion, creativity, and enthusiasm of our youth. They are the ones closest to the battle. It is their friends who are faced with crisis pregnancies, with Frankenstein-like bioethical decisions being thrust upon them, with increasingly louder voices denying the existence and relativity of God. So I believe that God will reveal the solutions to them. We as adults and battle weary soldiers need to trust them and their ability to hear the voice of God in this strategic time. We can be there to help, to advise and give counsel, but we must let them enter this battle in full armor. Having said this, I am strongly appealing to Clergy and youth leaders to come to Washington this January and bring your young people with you. (My idea of youthfulness ranges from teens to thirties).
This will be the best event we have ever had in Washington and will be totally different than what we have done before. We will have rallies both Sunday and Monday nights as well as different events planned for the day of the March. We will no longer be standing around for hours on the cold, frozen Mall. We have different plans. More on the details coming soon. As you can read from the quotes on the front page, our youth are ready to step up. Let’s join them and encourage them. See you in DC!
Thank you for your support and dedication to protecting life!
Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director
CEC for Life
Blessings to you Fr. for being an inspiration and a voice for life to the CEC and world!