DC Readies for March for Life

DC Readies for March for Life January 21, 2014

Washington DC (pictured here):












…prepares for the March for Life.  The weather symbolizes the media snow job done by the networks to neglect covering the March.  I have a number of friends who are in this shot.  Hardy souls.  Good grant the weather clears for the March, through our Lord Jesus.

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  • Raymond

    The Weather Channel shows the current conditions as 34 degrees with a wind chill of 25 degrees, and a forecase of 4 to 6 inches of snow throughout the day. Since you (and the marchers I imagine) are praying for an improvement in the weather, what amount of improvement would you consider to be God’s answer to your prayers? And if the weather does not improve, what would be your thoughts about God’s opinion of the March? And who schedules an outdoor march in Washington DC in January?

    • Liam

      OTOH, tens of thousands of marchers enduring bad weather might show enough heart to make a news story. We’re letting God know what we want. He’s not magic. He’ll do what’s best whether we like it or not.

      • Dave

        “tens of thousands of marchers enduring bad weather might show enough heart to make a news story.”

        or hundreds of thousands….but, alas, even though you would think so, the March for Life does not constitute a news story at all, according to the media.

        • Glenn

          What other event can:
          1) draw hundreds of thousands of people every year to the Washington Mall for 40+ years
          2) in cold, often frigid weather
          3) on a week/work day (if the 22nd falls on a weekend, the march is moved to a weekday)
          and be virtually ignored by the media?
          OBTW, the movement is thriving — the average age of the marchers gets younger every year.

      • Raymond

        1. ” tens of thousands of marchers enduring bad weather might show enough heart to make a news story.” Using that logic, hundreds of marchers suffering profound medical problems as a result of marching in severe weather would REALLY made a news story.

        2. “He’s not magic.” Not sure what this statement means. If you are saying that God controls all physical events, such as the weather, and that your prayers may bring him to relieve the severe conditions at the March, then it sounds like you are saying that it’s ALL magic. My question is, what amount of relief would consitute an intervention from God in answer to your prayers?

        3. “He’ll do what’s best whether we like it or not.” My Mother In Law is an evangelical, and she has a saying: “God answers all prayers, but sometimes the answer is No.” I have always thought that this was code for “nothing happens when we pray, but let’s just rationalize that away.”

        • Dave

          Why don’t you pray to God, Raymond, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you if He exists? I assure you, if you do so with a heart honestly and perseveringly seeking truth, with humility and openness, He will answer.

          That is one prayer for which the answer is never “No.”

          • Raymond

            I was a practicing and sincere Catholic for 50 years. At no point in those years did I experience anything that seemed like an answer. If you want to say that I didnt have an honest and persevering heart, and that I didnt have openness and humility, go right ahead.

            • Rebecca Fuentes

              It would be pretty presumptuous to say that. But I will pray for you.

              • Raymond

                And I’ll think of you.

            • Dave

              It is not my place to say what might have been lacking. All I can say is – if you truly sought God with an open heart for 50 years without any answer, then there is some other blockage, possibly from family tree issues. This can happen under rare circumstances. I will pray for you.

              • Raymond

                I’m intrigued by the term “family tree issues”. Can you explain that? Don’t worry about offending me. I wouldn’t get involved in internet comment discussions if I couldn’t take it.

                • Dave

                  It can encompass a lot of issues. For example, if there is Masonry in your family background, they make certain oaths that can affect descendants. There are prayers to break these oaths, but there can be bad spiritual effects until that happens. Similar things can happen due to occult involvement, etc.

                  There are also more mundane examples, as anyone can see, that early childhood trauma can affect our ability to relate to others and to perceive God (or affect our view of God.) Certain sins can also tend to “plague” a family line, such as alcoholism, sexual abuse, etc. Unforgiveness is another big blockage point.

                  This is a very wide topic, which I tried to sum up in a few words, but there can be many things, some of them due to our own fault, but many very emphatically not our fault at all, which can sometimes put up an “umbrella”, so to speak, preventing God’s grace from raining on us freely.

                  • Rebecca Fuentes

                    I think we’ve been reading the same books, Dave.

                    • Dave

                      Reading books and also quite a bit learned from unfortunate experience, but with a happy ending, once we could recognize and deal with some of the issues.

                      God bless you, Rebecca!

                  • Raymond

                    That is all very interesting, but if I don’t believe that prayer can change the weather, I’m not going to believe that an oath that an ancestor took can make me an atheist. And I thought the conventional wisdom is that God’s grace can counteract things like Bad Mojo and mental diseases and the like. It almost sounds like you are saying that grace isn’t powerful enough to help people in these situations.

                    • Dave

                      God’s grace can counteract anything, and everyone has the grace for salvation, if they choose to avail themselves of it. However, God honors our free will, and if we choose to make disastrous choices in the physical or spiritual realm, our descendants are generally stuck with those choices, at least as long as they don’t realize they can do anything about it.

                    • Raymond

                      I don’t think that makes any sense, but what do I know?

                    • said she

                      Check out the Healing of Families seminar – Feb 21-23:

        • Marthe Lépine

          “Profound medical problems” for marching outside at about 25 to 34 degrees? That would be almost spring-like temperatures up here… Anyway, may God make the marchers more visible and open the eyes of the media.

          • Dave

            Yes, the only medical problems that would occur here under those temperatures would be prolonged euphoria!

            • Raymond

              So why then would Mr. Shea pray that the weather improves?

              • chezami

                Because Jesus and Paul say we should make our requests known to God.

              • Dave

                Well, I don’t live in Washington DC, for one thing. I suspect that as long as there are human beings, they will be praying about the weather.

          • capaxdei

            The forecast for tomorrow at noon is sunny and 15 F (-9 C), with a wind chill of 0 F (-18 C).

        • kmk

          Regarding #3. If you know that an omnipotent loving God always knows what is best for you (if He indeed is the creator of all, including time and space–He is outside and inside both) then his saying “No” at times, and maybe even most times, is a perfectly logical response from a Father who knows what is best for us. If you don’t believe in your Creator loving you, well, then I will pray for you, sincerely. (So in your life, you’ve never had an instance when it was better that what you hoped for or desired didn’t happen?)

    • Dave

      “who schedules an outdoor march in Washington DC in January?”

      It’s because that’s when Roe vs. Wade was decided. Interesting that January 22nd (or within a few days back and forth depending on loaction) is generally the coldest day of the year on average.

      “if the weather does not improve, what would be your thoughts about God’s opinion of the March?”

      We already know God’s opinion of the March. That’s why we do it.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    Is it supposed to be a blank white piece of screen up there and that’s the joke or is the picture not loading for me?
    As for praying for the weather: Agnes Sanford, in her autobiography, Sealed Orders, writes about how she and a group of fellow prayer warriors would get together when a hurricane was predicted to make landfall and pray that it would be turned out to sea and away from people. During th eyears they were able to do this, no major hurricanes hit the US. Later on in life, she lived in a house on the San Andreas Fault and prayed daily for it to release it’s pressure slowly, which it did for the entire time she lived there and prayed for it.
    Praying for natural phenomenon works, though I think it requires a great level of faith in both God and one’s authority as a Christian, and many people with that faith praying together. It’s more than asking God, but commanding in his name.
    My prayers will be with all of those who can make the march this year.

    • Raymond

      I would be interested in knowing the time frame you are referring to, for both the hurricanes and the earthquakes. I’m not from Missouri, but I went to college there…

      • Raymond

        Let’s use the timeframe from 1935 to 1965 for hurricanes on the East Coast, and 1965 to 1981 for earthquakes in California. I am basing these dates on information on this website. http://healingandrevival.com/BioASanford.htm

        I checked Wikipedia for information on earthquakes and hurricanes, and here is what I found.

        For hurricanes, let’s limit the results to those within the time frame that are Category 3 or higher. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_hurricanes

        Connecticut had 3 hurricanes. Florida had 8. Louisiana 4. Massachusetts 1. Mississippi 1. New York 3. North Carolina 5. Rhode Island 3. South Carolina 3. Texas 4.

        Earthquakes 1965 to 1981 6.0 or higher on Richter Scale (strong)
        April 1968 Ocotillo Wells 6.5
        Feb 1971 San Fernando 6.6
        October 1979 Imperial Valley 6.5
        November 1980 Humboldt County (offshore) 7.2
        It is certainly likely that, considering the time frame, she didn’t hear about some or all of these events. I am not doubting her sincerity – just her facts.

        • Rebecca Fuentes

          The book was borrowed, and since I can’t find it, it has likely been returned. I will borrow it again and see if I can give you specific dates. I recall that both times would have been shorter lengths of time–the hurricane prayer group while she lived on the east coast (so eastern seaboard storms), the earthquakes at the end of her life before she died.

  • William Mild

    Can’t see the picture.

  • Joseph Harmon

    Wondering, Mark, if you were planning on responding to the recent Rolling Stone article by Janet Reitman entitled “The Stealth War on Abortion”? http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-stealth-war-on-abortion-20140115

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      “Stealth War” hmm? Because we’ve been so SNEAKY about our opposition to abortion.

      • Joseph Harmon

        My thoughts exactly. The timing of the article could not be more ironic; is there any demonstration in public life today that is less stealthy?

  • James H, London

    And that picture neatly captures the meedja’s attitude to it: ‘Nothing to see here! Nothing at all! Move along!’

  • Andrew Kosmowski

    Dear Mark, et al.,

    I heard that 500,000 ninja are preparing to converge on Washington DC tomorrow. Any verification?

    • chezami

      Yes. And no one will ever know.

  • CrustyNatsFan

    I have to say the March for Life is one of the highlights for me living in DC with numerous parishes putting up students and others from across the country. It will be cold, but dare I say it will be a good time. I’ll be the guy with a black and gold Saints jacket and a big thermos of hot gumbo. Hollar at me, if ya want some.

  • dasrach

    I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised by WaPo’s article this year. It’s not great, but it interviews some actual pro-lifers, gives an idea of the scale of the event, and describes the thousands of marchers as opposed to the “handful” of counter-protesters. They only mention the one study that indicates milennials are more pro-choice instead of the multiple ones that indicate that we’re more pro-life, and they keep using language like “abortion foes” and “abortion opponents,” but that’s unfortunately what we’re going to get for as long
    as the AP Stylebook insists on “anti-abortion.” If we’re not defined as
    “pro” anything, they pretty much have to paint us in the language of