Every year, a group of seminarians representing Sacred Heart embark on a journey to participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year's journey had many beautiful and edifying moments for me and my classmates. Our first event was Mass during the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, and we joined thousands of faithful, including hundreds of priests, deacons, seminarians, and religious. Cardinal Dolan encouraged us all, with a reminder we march not as warriors but as apostles. We were not called to go out on the streets shouting and obnoxiously protesting, but as imitators of Christ, witnessing to the message of the gospel.
The next morning, we headed to the Capital One Arena for the rally and Mass for Life. We had a great time meeting many people from around our country, all uniting to march for a righteous cause, the dignity of human life. This year's March for Life had a significant historic value. It was the first time in history that March for Life participants were addressed by the President of the United States via live video from the White House. President Donald Trump offered support and encouragement and declared January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day, which was also the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.