Friday, January 22, 2010

Vigil for Life Mass at National Basilica

I was able to go to the Vigil for Life Mass at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception last night and was so impressed! I also ran into fellow blogger Fr. Dwight Longenecker! Fr. Longenecker keeps a great blog that you should check out! It was amazing to see so many hundreds of priests, religious and seminarians! The place was jammed and it was a beautiful liturgy. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston did an excellent job in his homily to animate everyone in our efforts to defend life. The following comes from CNS:

At a Jan. 21 Mass for leaders in the pro-life movement, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston praised the presence of young people in pro-life activities. "A new generation is rising that will usher in a culture of life," he said in his homily during the Mass, celebrated at a Franciscan monastery in the District of Columbia. "We should not underestimate the role of young Catholics," said Cardinal DiNardo, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. "What a tremendous gift to have young people! What a wonderful energy they bring!" The cardinal said young people know in their heart what is right and what is wrong when it comes to life. "They do not make some of the tortured distinctions that some of we elders have made," he added. Cardinal DiNardo also lauded the work of leaders in the pro-life movement. About 200 of them were at the Mass, one of several events marking the 37th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. He included those working with youths, families and persons with disabilities, saying that pro-lifers work in "a wide variety of fields."