In the high school track, we began our day in prayer by celebrating Mass with Archbishop Carlson. After listening to the readings for the day, we were blessed to hear Archbishop Carlson deliver a powerful homily.

He told us that today our nation marks 45 years of legalized murder – of over 60 million unborn children since 1973 – and that each abortion is more than just a number: it is a human life snuffed out, and a deeply wounded mother.

Though the media and culture doesn’t care, he asked us if we care – and the room enthusiastically shouted an emphatic “YES!”

Archbishop Carlson invited us to reflect upon whether or not Jesus is the Lord of our lives. And if not, he then asked us to consider what we need to change to make that happen.

He urged us to be people of prayer, open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and nourished by the Eucharist. He encouraged each one of us, if we have not already done so, to read the New Testament from beginning to end, so that we can know Jesus and what He teaches.

Then, our Archbishop gave us our marching orders: while we march, we should pray for every woman who has ever had an abortion, and for every man who has lost his son or daughter to this horrible tragedy.

He concluded his homily with this final thought:

 “We go together, my brothers and sisters – as messengers – and we shout from the rafters: ‘Choose life, choose life, choose life! Amen.’”