As his fellow students are participating in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jesuit High School junior – and member of the school’s Pro-Life Club – Jamie Sullivan stepped up to the podium in St. Anthony’s Chapel on Monday and spoke about the importance of his 34 fellow students who are taking part in the event through Jan. 24.
The following are a few of his thoughts in his words on this important event.
“Today 34 Jesuit students are participating in the annual March for Life in D.C. They will be a few of the 300,000 gathered in efforts to raise awareness for the pro-life movement and to protest Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case which legalized abortion on Jan. 22, 1973.
I had the privilege of attending the March the past two years, and I was amazed by the magnitude of the movement. I went expecting to see a decent amount of people, perhaps a few thousand, populated by mostly older folks with a few teenagers scattered throughout. In actuality, it was almost the complete opposite. The scale of the March was breathtaking and there were rows and rows of people as far as the eye could see. But most amazing was the age of those in attendance. A majority of the participants were young people. This impression was important as it showed our Pro-Life Club that the pro-life movement is not declining as many wish to believe. Instead, it is on the up rise.
Let’s keep in mind our classmates and teachers and everyone else in D.C. today who are willing to put their beliefs into action.”
Sullivan’s Convocation speech was concluded with the pro-life prayer written by Pope John Paul II that is used to start each club meeting.
Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life:
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and woman who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will, the civilisation of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.
- Pope John Paul II
Students say the pro-life prayer written by Pope John Paul II
Jamie Sullivan '13 speaks during Convocation on Monday
The Right to Life candle that will burn all day Monday in St. Anthony's Chapel