We took our CCD class and some of their younger siblings (along with our family) to the March for Life and Rally at the state capital on Saturday. Suzanne Schindler Vitadamo, sister of Terry Schiavo, was the keynote speaker at the rally. She was not overly emotional herself, nor did she try to incite the crowd of about 500 to emotion for emotions sake. She quietly told the facts, made proposals to protect ourselves and our family. She had some harsh words for Bishop Lynch and a few of the priests in her sister's diocese who either sided with Terry's husband or had a 'hands-off' policy. But she used the words of John Paul the Great to show the true teaching of the Church concerning food and hydration. She was the best speaker they have had in Columbia for several years at least.
For the first time in a few years also, it didn't feel like a President Bush rally. This aspect has upset me in the past, but this year no mention of the President at all. Last year for example, even the signs they were handing out said "Thank-you President Bush" on the back. This year, as I said, no mention of him. (Perhaps out of respect for Suzanne Schindler Vitadamo-while Gov. Bush and President Bush did some things initially to try to save Terry's life, when it came down to the end, they stood by and did nothing.)
The crowd was smaller this year than in the past, (it was overcast, and rained off-and-on during the morning-but not during the rally itself). We will talk to our CCD class on Wednesday to get their impressions and to discuss these issues some more.
On the homefront, we should have baby rabbits any day now, if we did everything properly....
From Bethany, the small holding in Bethune...Oremus pro invicem!