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Brother Allen Alexander, MIC (with the black hat), passes out Divine Mercy prayercards with Marian seminarians during the March for Life.

'Salesmen of the Lord'

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Marchers come from around the country, joined by a common cause: life.

Armed with the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the truth, Marians joined thousands of pro-life activists from around the country who rallied Monday, Jan. 23, to mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

The Marians held aloft a banner with the Marian Congregation's name and the words "CHOOSE LIFE" in large letters.

The annual March for Life on the National Mall was the culmination of three days of rallies, Masses and receptions.

"While displaying our Marian pro-life banner, we play the Chaplet of Divine Mercy through a portable audio speaker while the seminarians handed out Divine Mercy images and pamphlets," said Fr. Mark Baron, MIC, house superior and novice master at the Marian Scholasticate in Washington, D.C. "It's a profound experience to watch people being inspired by the sound of the Divine Mercy Chaplet as they passed by. Many even sang along with it."

Even a Divine Mercy cenacle from Delaware stopped to pray the chaplet.

Brother John Paoletti, MIC, and other Marian seminarians attended a pro-life rally on Saturday in downtown Washington sponsored by Stand True Ministries and Priests for Life.

"Looking for a positive and strengthening night, we were surprised just a few minutes after we had found our seats," Br. John said. "During a quiet moment amidst a change in speakers, roughly a dozen pro-abortion advocates stood and began yelling vehemently against the pro-life audience, which was nearing 1,000 people.

Among the protesters' chants was: "Pro-life that's a lie, you don't care if women die!" Their startling interruption of a prayerful event moved pro-lifers to their knees in prayer until the protestors were forced to leave minutes later.

"The weekend had begun. The battle lines were drawn, and we were off to a good start," Br. John said.

Brother John sent in the following report:

At this youth rally, Jessica Foti, vice president for Students for Life and Franciscan University, told me how she loved going to the National Museum of American History. She said so because she sees the great civil rights battles that have been fought in the past, and she knows that "there will be another exhibit someday" honoring the millions who were never granted the right to life. When they do create such an exhibit, I hope it includes pictures of all the youth at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, all 20,000 sprawled every place that is not already occupied by a statue or image of Our Lady.



Among such an exhibit, said Br. John, should be excerpts of the weekend homilies by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston (Texas) and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. Both men "called out politicians who increase the accessibility of abortion," Br. John said. Both men encouraged "the young pro-lifers to strengthen their conviction for life all the more."

Said Br. John:

Amidst cold and wet marching conditions, the March for Life maintained a joyful beat, and it stormed around the Capitol to the Supreme Court building. This joy is easy to see as a dozen Marians in formation passed out Divine Mercy prayercards to the crowd passing by while singing the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The joy catches many people off guard. "Isn't this supposed to be a day of mourning?" Yes, and no. We mourn for the immoral path our country has chosen to follow in allowing abortion, but when you are pro-life you are all the more grateful to God for the gift of life. When you are surrounded by 250,000 others who are thinking and acting on the same Christian principles, you cannot help but smile and "celebrate life" as Blessed John Paul II taught us to do.

Chantel Fouchi, a supervisor of 11 buses filled with youth from the New Orleans area, said simply "I am amazed at how much Jesus loves us." It is not a message that pro-lifers normally expect to go home with, but it is most evident when we realize that we are not in this battle alone. We march together, we march with angels, and we march for the Gospel of Life. We do not know who will be in the White House this time next year or if Obamacare is still being enforced on Catholic institutions whose principles conflict with their demands. We do know one thing: We will be back next year to march for pregnant mothers, for their unborn children, for life. The joy of Christ will be with us, no matter the temperature, snow or rain.



Father Mark said the Marian seminarians "were like salesmen of the Lord, witnessing to, and promoting, His Mercy to the marchers."

The Marians' annual participation in the March for Life underscores the Congregation's commitment to battle the so-called "culture of death" through word, deed and prayer.

In addition to marching, each year Marians and Marian Helpers join in a novena of commemorative Masses leading up to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Furthermore, the Marians at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., recently built the Shrine of the Holy Innocents to honor the memory of the souls of all children whose lives have been lost through abortion as well as natural death.

Father Mark says the Marians continually pray for an end to the killing of children in the womb; for mothers who have aborted their offspring; for infants in danger of being put to death in the womb; for a change of heart of abortion providers; and for elected officials to promote the culture of life.

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mary - Jan 26, 2012

I am happy to read the outpouring of the divine mercy for the march against abortion thank the lord for all the young people who marced for pro life I would also like to add to my comment if would be possible to start working in groups together we can stamp out abortion if a rorery is said daily in all catholic communities I know in my heart it would stamp out abortion completely please circle this message if its possible thankyou Mary Bowler god bless all and I will keep saying my rosery for abortion each day hoping to find more people that will pray with me.

Gerry - Jan 26, 2012

It was so sad to see such agressive verbal attacks on Pro-Life Marchers across the nation this year, we witnessed it in Dallas. These people are advocating killing innocent babies, so civility is not to be expected. "Pro-choice is a lie, they don't care if babies die."

Mary - Jan 26, 2012

When we got to the Supreme Court we prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet and so many joined in. We praised God for His mercy to those who witnessed (Silent No More) and begged His intercession. So many were praying, we know He heard us.

ONEOFTHESHEEP - Jan 26, 2012

Yes, Mercy is the defining attitude that we must embrace when promoting the Culture of Life. The March for Life is near to 40 years old. We have been marching in the desert like the Israelites fleeing the slavery of the Culture of Death. It is now time to proclaim that we stand for mercy.

Paul - Jan 26, 2012

Ths was my first March for Life in Washington DC. I was just blown away by the size of the crowd. I meet people from all over the country. I was very proud to be amoung the holy marchers. I am so sad that the national media was not on hand for such a large gathering. God is prolife. I am prolife. We prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet when we arrived in front of the Supreme Court. This march was a powerful message of life to the world.

Mahoraitei Pedro - Jan 26, 2012

I could only imagine the cries of those poor unborn babies who are aborted by their mothers or being forced by the fathers or even those who are forced to abort their babies by their boss. I really do love babies. Babies are truely a Gift. Some people are trying their best to have babies but they couldnt and I dont know why some are aborting theirs. Lets all hold hands together and March in prayers to change the minds of those mothers and those lawmakers of any country not to legalize abortion. God have mercy on their souls.

pel - Jan 26, 2012

..it was another great experience for me to be a part of the March this year.I felt the deeper concern from the youth of today..more, more and more are getting involved which just so important for they're the hope of the future.the number of students in our bus' doubled from last year's..it makes me more confident God won't fail us..our common prayer to end this killing of innocent unborn..i believe nothing's more powerful than the power of God..We just have absolute trust in HIM His infinite mercy will silence the scream of the victim babies through Our Blessed Mother Our common prayers will be answered..Jesus I Trust In You deep in my heart.I love you.

Ivette from Saint Thomas Aquinas - Jan 26, 2012

It was my first time joining the March and I can said that it will not be the last. It was a great experience for everyone in the group. The Youth had certainly a favorable impression on it and also the parents; who like me are already planning for next year and how we are going promote it. I thank God for allowing me such good experience and my Priests Father Librado for taking over my duties as a CRE so that I could go and Father Pedro for organizing and taking us.

LORIE C - Jan 26, 2012

It's really an amazing day of grace when we celebrated the gift of LIFE. We in our own Diocese of Knoxville, we have the ROSARY FOR LIFE MINISTRY, AND WE JUST CELEBRATED THE 24TH year anniversary of our ministry work. We prayed the four mysteries of the Rosary every Saturday in front of the abortion Clinic. the community of faith gathered together and celebrate the Rosary for Life. Last Sunday the 22nd of this month, we have a March for Life celebration in preparation for the biggest March for Life in Washington, DC. It was attended by almost 600 people arong the community. I'm also a Marian Helper Member# 007558832, and also a member of the Society of St Faustina's Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We also have to recite the chaplet of Divine Mercy for twentyfour hours as needed without stopping for the gift of life. Thank you Mother Mary that with your power, wisdom, and loving mercy pls tell your Holy son Jesus to touch all of us who are marching for life and who are against abortion, thier supporters, and the abortionists. the gift of life is very precious as we are created by God in His likeness and image. May God bless us richly in His loving care.

LORIE C - Jan 26, 2012

It's really an amazing day of grace when we celebrated the gift of LIFE. We in our own Diocese of Knoxville, we have the ROSARY FOR LIFE MINISTRY, AND WE JUST CELEBRATED THE 24TH year anniversary of our ministry work. We prayed the four mysteries of the Rosary every Saturday in front of the abortion Clinic. the community of faith gathered together and celebrate the Rosary for Life. Last Sunday the 22nd of this month, we have a March for Life celebration in preparation for the biggest March for Life in Washington, DC. It was attended by almost 600 people arong the community. I'm also a Marian Helper Member# 007558832, and also a member of the Society of St Faustina's Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We also have to recite the chaplet of Divine Mercy for twentyfour hours as needed without stopping for the gift of life. Thank you Mother Mary that with your power, wisdom, and loving mercy pls tell your Holy son Jesus to touch all of us who are marching for life and who are against abortion, thier supporters, and the abortionists. the gift of life is very precious as we are created by God in His likeness and image. May God bless us richly in His loving care.

Lucia - Jan 26, 2012

For the sake of his sorrowful passion
have mercy of unborn babies and the whole world.

abelthesower@gmail.com - Jan 28, 2012

Praise the Lord. Keep up the good work, we live in a very secular world, we Christians are the minorities here but we have the Lord, we have the power of the holy Spirit and we will triumph, Stay in prayer my friends.
I Love you all.
ps, please visit jesusthesower.com

Lois Ann Lachtara Ocean Bluff, MA. - Jan 30, 2012

I could not march..but I prayed! I think there is a song by "Casting Crowns" that says something like..."If we are the body...why aren't our feet walking?---Our hands healing?---Our lips moving..showing He is the Way?" You are doing just that!

Marcus Australius - Jan 31, 2012

From all over the globe we are cheering you on and praying for the movement. God bless you all.