Carolyn Pappalardo of Pomona describes how the reverence of college students at Mass in the Basilica after the March for Life brought her the consolation of continuity and the blessings of hope — both for the Church and the prolife movement.
After the awesome and inspiring Right to Life March up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court Building in Washington DC last Friday and our trek back to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception to catch our bus, a few of us went inside to see if there was a Mass we could attend.
Sure enough, there was a Mass starting at a side altar in the Crypt of the Church at 4:30 p.m.. A few of us sat in the back of the little chapel so as not to interfere with the group that scheduled the Mass. In they came, college students. About 30 of them. They quietly and reverently took their seats.
No talking, no laughing, no texting, no looking around. They seemed to be from the University of Pittsburgh because one was wearing a sweatshirt with that name. They assisted the priest, proclaimed the readings, sang, and when it came time to kneel, since there were no kneelers, they knelt on the stone floor the whole time. As they processed up at Communion Time, they bowed low or knelt before rising to receive. Back in their places, again prayerfully kneeling and the same when Mass was over.
Tears flooded my eyes and my heart flooded with Hope. The Church will go on with these beautiful people and the thousands of young men and women that marched that day chanting, “We are the Pro Life Generation.”