Lent and the promise of a better way to live

The Angelus | 2/7/2018 | Staff
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I’ve been going to the March for Life on Washington, D.C., now for something like a quarter of a century, as best I can remember.

It’s quite infamous among marchers as rarely being well-covered by the media. A president calling in (Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush) or providing a satellite address from the Rose Garden (Donald Trump, this year), or the vice president attending (Mike Pence, last year), might help it merit a mention — for better or for worse.

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This year, it made it above the fold in The New York Times, likely because of the seemingly insatiable thirst for coverage of all things involving the current president.

The March for Life is an event that overflows with hope, even as it marks a grave anniversary — the Supreme Court deciding to make abortion legal in all trimesters of a pregnancy (which polls suggest is one of the least-known realities in our country).

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This year, it came not too long after the black-dressed Golden Globe awards, and just the day before a second year of women’s marches around the country.

Like the women’s marches and the Globes, the March for Life had one theme that seemed overwhelmingly clear, and maybe what you’d expect from an annual protest against the most intimate violence against a child in a mother’s womb: mourning and misery.

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The March for Life is like a beacon of hope to the world, maybe one of the most well-kept secrets in our common civic life, such as it is. It involves overflowing churches in the nation’s capital filled with students who travel overnight on buses for an exercise in civil responsibility, steeped in prayer.

I ran into students from Louisiana just off their buses filling St. Matthew’s Cathedral for 8 a.m. Mass the morning before, as one of many examples. North Dakota brings a...
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