2019 March For Life: An Eye-Opening Week Of Formation

Clarion Herald Guest Column

The 2019 March for Life trip was a life-changing experience that opened my eyes to God’s love for all. It was eye-opening to see so many marching and chanting to raise awareness of the importance of all human life. 

The term “strength in numbers” is an understatement when referring to the 200,000-300,000 men and women who stood up for those who could not. I am proud to say that I am pro-life and that the mentality of the March for Life will be mine forever.

On Jan. 15, when we were boarding the buses at St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie, I was not sure what to expect because I had never been on the “pilgrimage for life” to Washington, D.C., before.

When we arrived the next day, we went directly into a ministry night with the musical accompaniment by P.J. Anderson. I knew at that moment that this trip was going to be the best week of my life.

I experienced God’s love and mercy through the sacrament of reconciliation and specifically enjoyed two songs: “Mercy, Mercy” and “Your Grace is Amazing.” Both songs were written by Anderson. When  he performed them, you could truly feel God’s presence among the entire group. 

Over the next few days, we attended two rallies – the Geaux Forth 2019 Louisiana Right to Life Rally and the Life is Very Good evening of prayer. The Geaux Forth rally  gathered all the marchers from Louisiana, and the Life is Very Good evening brought together nearly 10,000 for eucharistic adoration. The Louisiana rally allowed me to be open in defending life in the way it needs to be. The Life is Very Good rally helped me realize how important and powerful God.  I watched thousands of people on their knees praying for strength, mercy and patience. Both rallies reminded me to recognize God’s plan and be open to his calling.

We began Jan. 18 with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond at Blessed Sacrament Church. Archbishop Aymond gave a homily that is my second favorite – only behind Deacon Andrew Gutierrez’s first homily as a deacon at St. Catherine of Siena Church. The archbishop’s homily was about the what it means to  be truly pro-life. Most people think being pro-life is to be anti-abortion. This is true, but it is not the entire meaning. Other things – such as euthanasia, mercy killing and the death penalty – are significant. It is important that life is saved, and death is never the option.

Following Mass, we went to the March for Life, starting at the National Mall. It was a mile-long march filled with signs, chants and cheers coming from what looked like a human hurricane.

Seeing so many people address the same issue was heart-warming. The day concluded with another ministry night led by P.J. Anderson. The only difference this time was that we celebrated eucharistic adoration. I again went to confession and received God’s mercy.

Eucharistic adoration with friends from the entire archdiocese was by far the best adoration experience I have ever had. I’ve never seen so many people singing their hearts out and giving their all to the man above. That moment made me so much stronger in my belief in God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

The value of life from conception to natural death is so important because we are all on this planet for a reason. God is calling us to a life with him. It is our responsibility to be open to that calling and allow him in our lives. This trip strengthened my views regarding abortion and the pro-life moment. All life matters, and it is important that as a society, we recognize this and help our fellow brothers and sisters when they are in need. 

Logan Puissegur is a senior at Holy Cross High School.