By Katie Reitano | intern with the Office of Youth Ministry
It has now been a little over 2 weeks since the Generation Life pilgrimage to Washington DC. Our pilgrimage group joined hundreds of thousands of other prolife activists to March for Life. This is a major event for people to stand for life, but how do you take this energy and motivation back home? What do you do when you get back home and start going about your daily routine again? How can you stand for life again?
Ash Wednesday is next week, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a period for Christians to participate in reflection, penance, and fasting. Most times, one’s penance is an act of self-denial, such as giving up TV, a video game, chocolate, etc. But an act of penance can be more than just denying a treat for yourself. What if you sacrificed some time this Lenten season to stand for life and be a witness for those who cannot speak for themselves?
During Lent, we have the opportunity to do this in our very own community. 40 Days for Life is a community based campaign that encourages people to help end abortion through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil. Saint Louis is one of many cities across the country that participates in this national campaign to helping our community. Reared by Coalition for Life St. Louis, the campaign invites churches, youth groups, and individuals to pray outside of Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Avenue.
So I leave you with a challenge. Will you take what you received and learned from the Generation Life pilgrimage and help make a difference in our St. Louis community? Will you be a witness to Christ and His forgiveness and healing?
For more information about the 40 Days for Life Campaign, visit 40DaysforLife.com for information about the national campaign or CoalitionforLifeSTL.com for information about getting involved in the St. Louis campaign.