On January 22, nine Holy Cross seminarians from Moreau Seminary and Old College, and four Holy Cross priests, joined hundreds of thousands of protestors in Washington DC for the March for Life. While I was marching, I was reminded of a passage from our Constitutions:
As a matter of fact, we dare to hope that our mission will have more than a small impact. Basil Moreau also lived in a culture marked by pleasure and immorality when he wrote, "Christian education alone can remedy this evil and hasten the return to beliefs and practices of religion by bringing up the coming generations in these principles" (Christian Education). In Holy Cross, we share this optimism with our founder. In a culture plagued by crisis after crisis, the Congregation of Holy Cross finds itself in a position to take many of their causes head on. In our educational institutions, in our parishes and our ministry to families Holy Cross stands on the front lines, so to speak. Even though our mission might not overthrow abortion and other injustices, we are optimistic that we have the right foundation and the "competence to see" the fulfillment of the Kingdom.
For example, perhaps the greatest Pro-Life witness is contained in the acceptance of a child. Basil Moreau was blessed with a deep and joyous love for children. As his sons, it seems to me that every Holy Cross priest and brother expresses this same loving acceptance of children in some way or other. Our parishes and schools around the world are filled with an abundance of young people. We in Holy Cross are given the daily opportunity to rejoice in the "dignity of every human being as God's cherished child" (Const. 2.15). Holy Cross has inherited a vision a way of seeing that allows us perhaps not to defeat the injustice of abortion, but to strike at is root and make the Kingdom of Life real in our communities.
Mr. Karl Romkema, C.S.C., is in his first year of temporary vows with the Congregation of Holy Cross. He and his brother seminarians are currently studying in the M.Div. program at the University of Notre Dame. Karl is originally from Clarkston, MI.