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Thoughts on the Miracle of Life as we March on Cold and Snowy Day!
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 1/21/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope

Posted on 01/22/2014 2:42:17 AM PST by markomalley

Well no doubt this year’s March will be a difficult one. 8 inches of snow and temps in the lower teens plus wind will surely make this a real witness for life for those able to march. The coldest march I ever endured was back in the mid 1980s when the temperature was 4 degrees, and there were 15 inches of snow. It was so cold that year that Regan’s Second Inaugural outside was cancelled the day before and moved inside.  The next day when it was even colder we marched! (See Photo at right).

But the Sacrifice is worth it, for he magnificence of life is really too wonderful too describe.  I found this description some years ago which summons reverence by its very ability to baffle the mind:

MIRACLE OF LIFE- Consider the miracle of the human body. Its chemistry is just as extraordinarily well tuned as is the physics of the cosmos. Our world on bothsides of the divide that separates life from lifelessness is filled with wonder. Each human cell has a double helix library of three billion base pairs providing fifty thousand genes. These three billion base pairs and fifty thousand genes somehow engineer 100 trillion neural connections in the brain—-enough points of information to store all the data and information contained in a fifty-million-volume encyclopedia. And then after that, these fifty thousand genes set forth a million fibers in the optic nerves, retinae having ten million pixels per centimeter, some ten billion in all, ten thousand taste buds, ten million nerve endings for smell, cells that exude a chemical come-on to lure an embryo’s lengthening neurons from spinal cord to target cell, each one of the millions of target cells attracting the proper nerve from the particular needed function. And all this three-dimensional structure arises somehow from the linear, one-dimensional information contained along the DNA helix. Did all this happen by chance or do you see the hand of God?

Today, many of us march for life, here in Washington, on the West Coast, and in other communities. Today we ponder the great mystery that is expressed in the 139th psalm:

For it was you who created my being, knit me together in my mother’s womb. I thank you for the wonder of my being…Already you knew my soul my body held no secret from you when I was being fashioned in secret….every one of my days was decreed before one of them came into being. To me, how mysterious your thoughts, the sum of them not to be numbered! (Psalm 139 varia)

No human being is an accident, no conception a surprise or inconvenience to God. Mysteriously he knew and loved us long before we were ever conceived, for he says, Before I ever formed you in the womb I knew you (Jer 1:4). And, as the psalm says above, God has always known everything we would ever do or be.

It is often mysterious to us why human life is, at times, conceived in difficult circumstances such as poverty, times of family struggle or crisis, or even conceived with disability and disadvantage. But in the end we see so very little and must ponder the mystery of God’s reminder that many who are “last” now are going to be first in the kingdom (e.g. Matt 20:16; Luke 1:52-53).

So today, many will march, and all are called to remember the sacred lives that have been lost. We acknowledge our loss, for the gifts of these children and their lives have been swept from us as well. We pray for women who struggle to bring children to term and experience pressure to consider abortion. We pray for the immediate and sudden conversion of all support legalized abortion for any reason and for a dedication to assist women facing any difficulty in giving birth to or raising their children.

The following video is a shortened version of the masterpiece video called “Genesis” by Ramos David. It magnificently depicts fetal development. I have taken the liberty of adding a different music track since this is a shortened version. The Music is William Byrd: Optimam Partem Elegit (She has Chosen the Best Part), a text most fitting since we pray all mothers will choose life. The full length video is found in higher definition on YouTube by searching under “Genesis Ramos David”

(video at the link)

TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: marchforlife; marchforlife2014; msgrcharlespope

1 posted on 01/22/2014 2:42:17 AM PST by markomalley
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Msgr Pope ping

2 posted on 01/22/2014 2:42:34 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

Best wishes to all who are at the March today. I’ll be praying for you!

3 posted on 01/22/2014 2:45:21 AM PST by jocon307
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To: markomalley

God bless you all who March on for life, despite these frigid conditions. What a testimony. Heartfelt prayers from my family.

4 posted on 01/22/2014 2:51:05 AM PST by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: markomalley

God Bless those who will be marching today, despite the cold, snowy weather!

5 posted on 01/22/2014 3:40:02 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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01/22 at 9:00 AM ET, 10:00 PM ET; 01/23 at 12:00 AM ET; 01/26 at 9:30 AM ET

6 posted on 01/22/2014 3:53:40 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: markomalley

We got stuck in the British Virgin Islands due to a cancelled flight. Our prayers are with those who march for life today.

7 posted on 01/22/2014 5:14:08 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: NYer; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine

DC Weather this morning:

Sunny, blowing snow from yesterday’s 4 inch snowfall, and very cold. At 9am it was 7 degrees on the DC waterfront. High for today to be 16 F, with wind chill of -9.

8 posted on 01/22/2014 6:29:40 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: markomalley

Proud of those marching, ashamed of the Bishops who refuse to crack down on “devout catholic” politicians who actively support and encourage abortion.

Can you imagine bishops during WWII giving weak speeches about murdering Jews and then turning around and giving Himmler, Hitler and his cohorts Communion?

9 posted on 01/22/2014 6:46:21 AM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: NYer; All

Watch March for Life Live on EWTN (click here to access)

10 posted on 01/22/2014 6:59:59 AM PST by Heart-Rest (Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal 6:7)
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To: Heart-Rest

bump mark

11 posted on 01/22/2014 7:05:34 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: markomalley

God bless all who march in the March for Life today.

12 posted on 01/22/2014 7:22:36 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

God bless all who march in the March for Life today.


And may the world SEE it!!!

13 posted on 01/22/2014 8:28:45 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: GreyFriar

I think the weather has prevented quite a few intended participants from getting there. A group growing from Charlotte decided yesterday that it wouldn’t be wise.

14 posted on 01/22/2014 11:35:59 AM PST by Tax-chick (What did you think would happen?)
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Definitely. If you aren’t on the main traffic arteries, such as the interstates and a few main “snow routes” the road conditions are not good. And the interstates were not totally clear this morning.

15 posted on 01/22/2014 12:16:54 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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