Sunday, January 24, 2010

Day 4, Sunday of the Pro-Life Pilgrimage

Yesterday was certainly eventful. Many of our kids took advantage of some free time to visit some of the more "touristy" sights of DC.

A story of note --

Check the First Amendment at the Door!

One of the groups of CMH students planned to visit the National Archives so as to view the historic documents of our country's founding. Most importantly, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with its Bill of Rights.

The student, like so many kids this week, was wearing a sweatshirt that contained an aggressive, pro-life message. Amazingly, our CMH student was told that in order to enter the National Archives, in order to read the first document that delineated the notion of free speech, he had to take off or cover the sweatshirt specifically because of the message. Wow.

As is tradition, there was great comfort in praying the Rosary, a pray for wisdom and life, in front of the Supreme Court. It was night, dark, quiet and just our little group. Quite moving and, since we stayed on the sidewalk, we were not asked to move like last year. According to Supreme Court security rules a group praying together is considered an "organized protest" so it has to stay on the sidewalk.

To close the night, I walked with a dozen of our kids the length of the Mall so as to see the monuments at night.

Today, mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and then I leave a little early to catch a flight before the kids.

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