If given a choice, would you choose ice cream or hot chocolate?
If given a choice, would you choose winter or spring?
If given a choice, would you choose life or death?
The choice is yours, and the future is in your hands.
Following Mass, the students braved Cleveland’s misty winds to take to the street, marching peacefully past the city’s courthouse, convention center, and art installations to the public square. They weren't the first to arrive; the square was bustling with working commuters enjoying their lunch break, travelers flowing from the Rapid station, and residents enjoying a small farmer’s market. The students settled on a grassy hill in the square, and began to speak from the heart on the issues of abortion, euthanasia, and other cultures of death.
Jadalise ‘Jada’ Pacheco, a student at an all-female school in Cleveland, spoke to me on why she believes it is important to be pro-life as a young person. She said, “As a young person, protecting life is very important to me because I wouldn’t be here if my mom hadn’t chosen life for my siblings and I. We wouldn’t have the opportunity to be alive and do God’s work if we were aborted, even though we weren’t planned pregnancies.” Similarly, Jada’s classmate Kayla Lenahan stated that as a young woman, it was her basic right to object to abortion in society.
As I watched these high school students speak so eloquently on the importance of protecting life, it occurred to me that these same voices could very well control the future. As a young person, I believe that it is my own generation’s responsibility and calling to truly become ambassadors of life. Not unlike the abolishment of slavery or the reviling of the Holocaust, it is up to us to completely abolish the culture of death that has so tightly gripped not only our nation, but our world.
It has become evident that it is time for the younger generations to take responsibility. It has become evident that a choice must be made between protecting life or promoting death. It has become evident that this choice is in our hands.
So what do you choose?