I didn’t post a blog article last week (or the week before, which probably isn’t good for readership numbers, but, oh well). The reason was that I was at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., with students from Cathedral Prep School and Villa Maria Academy. Prep is an all-boys school, Villa is (almost) an all-girls school in Erie, PA. I teach at Prep.
Once again, over 100,000 people showed up in our nation’s Capitol during January to walk past the 3 gathering houses of our 3 branches of government. This has happened every year since 1973. And once again, this was not newsworthy enough to merit a mention by the major news media (erect a hobo park in an American city and use it as a public restroom = Time Magazine person of the year. Figure that one out). The March for Life is one of the biggest marches of the year in Washington. The Vigil Mass for the March in Washington is the biggest Mass of the year in the United States (I wonder how many Sunday Morning Catholics even know anything about the March for Life?). Is something amiss here?
Yes, there is something wrong with this picture. The national news media does everything it can to promote a cover-up. What is the cover-up? If you think that the cover-up of which I speak is graphic abortion pictures, or the true nature of abortion, that is not of what I speak (although that is certainly true). No, the cover-up is the fact that there is a culture of life in America. There are many, many good, ethical, brave, God-believing, vocation-faithful people in this country. And you know what – many of them are young people! The average age of a March for Life participant is probably 19 years old. This is a young movement! The youth of our country are not a lost cause. We are not a lost cause. This culture of life building in America is what the major news outlets don’t want you to know.
The news media covers up what is good about us to advance a template of despair, dependence, and hopelessness. This has a lot to do with getting into people’s pockets and separating them from their money. It has a lot to do with greed and power. But we know better, don’t we? We know that there is a generation of young people who want to be good and holy. They know that they have something special to give to their neighbors. They know that they are more than just a bundle of cells and emotions to be manipulated, and then to die. They know that God is calling them to a vocation of significance, in this life, and for eternity.
How do I know? Because I spend every day with them at school. I see them. I can see what so many of them want. I am sure that you see it, too. The question for us who are their elders is, “are we generous enough to give them what they want?”
The TV industry is not on our side. But we do have Jesus, who existed before TV, and will exist after TV. In Him, we overcome the world with the power of life.