This past weekend I accompanied 8 missionary’s to march in the Washington DC’s 2018 March for Life. We were part of a 250+ group from the Archdiocese of Boston which began with a rally in Framingham MA that included adoration, praise and worship, music and prolife speakers before boarding buses for DC. Once arriving in Washington DC we attended Mass with the Cardinal Archbishop and our own Pastor Fr. Carmichael who surprised all of us at the shrine of the Sacred Heart. Being dropped off at the Lincoln Memorial we joined thousands of people in the largest attended March for Life in the history of the March. The following day we took a self- guided tour of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and the trip concluded with a Mass celebrated at the St. John Paul II Shrine across the street from the Catholic University of America.
It was during our tour of the National Shrine that we were moved to tears at the beauty of the Basilica and its holy contents. Andrew DaPonte, a St. Ann by the Sea missionary commented towards the end of the tour by saying:
“The world is really good after all since there are people in the world that would be this dedicated to taking part in creating such a beautiful church.”
The definition of dedication is to have a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something: the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause; to a divine being or sacred use; a name or often a message in tribute to a person or cause; self-sacrificing devotion and loyalty. The world really is good when we choose to first and foremost know God, love God and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. This is the act of loving, of being a witness to life, of making a choice to be loyal and in harmony with God who is all good and deserving of all our love! The question we should ask ourselves is what are we first dedicated too? Is it our jobs, our families, our possessions, our entertainment, our success or popularity?
C.S. Lewis once wrote in Mere Christianity; “People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain in which God says, ‘If you keep a lot of rules I’ll reward you, and if you don’t I’ll do the other thing.’ I do not think that that is the best way of looking at it. I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God and with its fellow creatures, and with itself.” Lewis goes on to describe the person who is dedicated to Heaven as being full of “joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.”
Today, what will your choice be?