Today is the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

This is also the day when many pro-life citizens come out to demonstrate in the nation’s capitol.

This year, in addition, thousands more are joining the Virtual March for Life!  If you haven’t joined yet, there’s still time!

You can also catch EWTN’s televised coverage at their site; I am listening to it as I work.  It’s very uplifting to listen to all the people who have come out.

Above all, however, we can and must all unite in prayer against the scourge of abortion.  And we must not just pray that unjust laws be repealed, but that we can forge a society in which such laws are not needed or desired.  We must pray above all for the building up of the Culture of Life.  This was the message of Bishop Kevin Farrell at the 2009 Roe Memorial Mass, and I’ve never forgotten it.  I think it is the best counsel for all of us.

That is why this anniversary is such an uplifting, encourage, and life-affirming occasion.  Because it’s not really about Roe v. Wade.  It’s about making Roe v. Wade irrelevant.