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Stand for Life...

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012.

Today we remember Roe v. Wade, that awful Supreme Court decision that sits among Plessy v. Ferguson and Dred Scott v. Sandford as one of the most controversial rulings the Court has ever made. Since then, at least 50 million unborn children have been aborted in the United States.

50 million too many.

Right now, hundreds of thousands of people are remembering that horrible day by marching in protest in Washington, D. C. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people. I imagine that a lot of you readers aren’t among those people on the March for Life, either. But even though I’m not in D. C. right now, I plan to stand for life in my own way, right here, on my college campus. It probably won’t be anything too special. I’ll probably walk around campus with a pro-life shirt on. I’ll probably try to talk to some people about how important it is to respect life from conception to natural death. I might even participate in some on-campus protests. And no matter what, I’ll pray. I’ll pray not only for the unborn victims of abortion, but for everyone involved–the mothers, the fathers, the family members, the friends–no matter what circumstances may surround these people.

I pray that all of us may take some sort of stand for life today. I pray that anyone reading this post might remember to stand for life somehow, even if it only involves saying some prayers for the unborn. But more than anything, I pray that there will be an end to abortion in this nation. May God answer that prayer with haste.

(CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."