Girl’s Pilgrimage to Washington D.C. for the March for Life, from January 19th-23rd, 2015.
Our pilgrimage got off on the right foot before it had even officially started. A group of twelve girls joined in with eight Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother on an enriching, exciting, and faith-filled HM Pilgrimage to DC. Though we left for DC on Monday, January 19, the girls slept over the night before in order to be able to head off bright and early. The night started off with dinner and games, followed by a meeting about what a pilgrimage is and how to live it well.
There were also skits put on by a brave few that taught in a comic way how to make the most of the pilgrimage. The skits scoffed at the hidden ways we have of being selfish when we´re on a trip and they taught how to be more kind and thoughtful towards others who are traveling with you.
On Tuesday, the group went to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the John Paul II shrine. Many were moved by the life of this brave and hopeful man, just recently canonized.
The girls were soon given a proof of what prayer with faith can do: it started to snow. In fact, the downfall was so profuse that we decided to call a “snow day”. Instead of trying to brave the storm and head into the city, the girls were given the opportunity to make their first snowman.
The actual March was on Thursday, January 22. As usual, it was encouraging to see so many young people and families standing up for a child’s right to life. We joined in with a group from St. Timothy´s Parish in Northern Virginia. Our bus trip with them made the whole trip more exciting.
After the pilgrimage, everyone agreed that one of the highlights of the HM pilgrimage was the chance to get to meet the families who hosted us. Their generosity and witness to joyful Christian living made all of us want to be better Christians, who truly give their hearts to God in everything they do. We especially enjoyed the time we had with January and Ryan Donovan, listening to them talk about Marriage, intentional living, and being a true woman and Christian (http://abwproject.com). It was very inspiring.