WISDOM FROM THE EVERYDAY
January 23-25, 2020. There were 102 of us representing the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, Missouri who traveled to Washington, D.C. to join others to stand with God to protect LIFE. We had eight pilgrimage leaders, five parish youth groups, two school youth groups, three diocesan priests, and four Religious Sisters. (Sr. Theresa and I represented St. Catherine’s Parish). We joined with others to raise up our voices on behalf of unborn babies and to promote the Culture of Life. Students for Life estimated that there were at least 225,000 participants this year.
We were blessed this year to have President Trump address the March for Life rally on Friday, making him the first sitting president in the event's 47-year history to attend in person. President Trump emphasized that we must continue to do our very best to protect the unborn babies, support pregnant women, and support organizations that are pro-life, especially the Little Sisters of the Poor. We are Pro-Life, Pro-Woman, and Pro-Family.
There were many testimonies given at the rally and I saw how God has been working in others so that they would speak up for His unborn children. There were women who shared that they went through several abortions in their lives. They felt guilty. At the same time, they experienced God’s mercy and God’s forgiveness, and they could be SILENT NO LONGER. One of them said: “My life was a mess, but God turned my mess into HIS MESSAGE.”
I love my faith, my vocation, and our community of faith where I can experience God and His Loving Presence each time we gather to worship Him. If you have never attended a March for Life, I would really encourage you to go. Just go see and allow God to work in you through others and others in you.
Sr. Eileen Phuong Nguyen, CMR
Here are details of our trip:
We started the trip with a single departure Mass at midnight on Thursday, January 23, at St. John Lalande Parish in Blue Spring. Then we divided into two buses and arrived in Washington, D.C. at 3 a.m. on Friday. We attended 7:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It was packed. After the rally at noon, we made a five block pilgrimage to the Federal Courthouse. We gathered at Union Station for Lunch. On the way back to Kansas City, we stopped at the new Planned Parenthood Center in Fairview Heights, Illinois to pray the Rosary. We arrived in Kansas City at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 25.