On Saturday, January 16, the community of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary joined thousands of other Pro-Life men and women from around Colorado to participate in the Denver March for Life. The day began with Masses being offered at many downtown parishes including the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. After these masses those participating in the march itself went from the churches and gathered on the steps of the Capitol Building for a rally led by Colorado Right to Life. Many people were waving signs and singing songs together as well as praying for an end to abortion and a greater respect for human life in all stages. Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver opened the event with an invocation and then gave an address highlighting many of the important aspects of the Pro-Life movement and encouraging all be willing to speak to their legislators about bills currently in the House and the Senate proposing physician suicide in Colorado. After that Dr. Alan Keyes, former ambassador to the United Nations, gave an impassioned speech challenging everyone to consider why they were marching and why they are Pro-Life. Following the rally, all those who had gathered began to march around downtown Denver in what was a very powerful sign to Colorado and the nation of how many people are not only pro-life but are willing to shout it from the rooftops. The event was attended by men and woman of many different religious and personal backgrounds all united in a desire to protect the most fundamental of human rights which for so long now has been ignored and neglected.
As we observe the forty-third anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in our country, we remember the many lives lost and the increasing culture of death that is overcoming many parts of the world. We at Saint John Vianney encourage all Catholics as well of any men and women of good faith to fight and pray for the inalienable right to life for all people at all times. As Archbishop Aquila told everyone who was able to attend the March, we need to be willing speak out against any policy or law that undermines the human persons ability to live a full life from conception to natural death. We also must to pray to Our Lady that all people may come to see every life as it is seen in the eyes of her son, who was willing to suffer death on a cross for each one of us.