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Living Pro-Life

September 3, 2015
2015 Northern Walk at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

2015 Northern Walk at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Being Pro-Life means being Pro-Living. It’s…

Taking a risk and going on a pilgrimage across the country,

Laughing at a kid while he cleverly attaches himself to the back of his mom’s bag as she rolls it across an airport terminal,

Striking a conversation with a fellow passenger on a plane to figure out where he’s been and where he’s going,

Running down a street without any breath left and then going a little further – just to do it,

Buying, cooking, and eating a delicious meal with friends,

Snapping a picture of a perfect and unforgettable Washington State sunset

Veering off onto a Montana highway exit with an appealing sign to experience an original adventure

Climbing a random and unnamed hill in South Dakota with friends on a dare,

Visiting with mom, dad, and/or grandparents on the phone at the end of a top-notch day,

Falling asleep while reading a captivating book, waking up early the next morning to finish it, and then throwing it at the nearest reader to have someone else to talk to about it,

Surprising old friends with fresh doughnuts at their front door,

Debating with a close friend in the car for two hours in front of the house because the conversation is just that interesting,

Skipping up to a friend on their birthday because walking would take too long,

Goofing off with friends after a long day and week,

Asking questions and being curious about people and the world,

Displaying gratitude for the sacrifices and time people have spent on others,

Smiling at the people around any and every room,

Loving everyone – especially those who disagree,

Laughing and thanking God for the gift of life.

Yes, life does have trying moments – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. But one cannot give up on life whenever it becomes an inconvenience or a challenge. There’s just too much to be joyful and grateful for.

The Pro-Lifer must give faith to those who doubt, hope to those in despair, and love to everyone at every moment every day – whether he or she is growing in the womb, standing nearby, or laying in a hospital bed.

Being Pro-Life means to uphold the dignity and sanctity of ALL human life. And because the Pro-Lifer loves to live, he/she tirelessly moves to allow EVERYONE else the same opportunity to enjoy the joys of life he/she has come to appreciate and love.

William
Northern Walk ’15

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