Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Mass at the Verizon Center was celebrated by His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl with bishops and priests from around the nation. The homily, by Fr. Mark Ivany - Parochial Vicar, Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, reminded us all to (in the words of St. Timothy) set “an example… in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity” in order to change our culture.
We spent our two days in prayer, touring and fun throughout our stay in the nation's Capitol. For several hours we walked the Basilica together in awe. Chapel after chapel was explained in detail and symbols now understood. But the real purpose for our visit to Washington DC was to exercise our freedoms of speech and petition. Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court decision decided in 1973 making abortion legal in the United States. The issue of abortion and a woman’s right to choose has remained controversial and politically charged ever since. We were witnesses. Witnessed for life.