Giving my story on being adopted was such an amazing experience.
It was unbelievable to see an entire arena filled with young people from all over the country united for one cause.
It was an excellent experience!
-- Kevin, 17, St. Marys Sr. High School, Lynn
At first it may not hit you, but the intense spirit that you receive after participating in this pilgrimage has truly affected me.
--Thomas, 17, St. Marys Sr. High School, Lynn
The Pro-Life movement has created an undying cohesiveness between all Christians.
It provides a bright light in a sometimes dark world.
--Jimmy, 17, St. Marys Sr. High School, Lynn
I have never been to such a beautiful and touching place as the Basilica.
At times I was overjoyed and just wanted to jump up and cheer.
--Michael, 17, St. Marys Sr. High School, Lynn
This was a good way to see the presence of the Catholic Church in the world.
We usually may see our parish priest or a religious brother or nun around occasionally. At the March there were many Catholics, and Priests, and Brothers and Nuns, and it was a way to see the Catholic Church that we are a part of, not just a few rebels but people who are very dedicated to their faith. It reminds me of what people say it used to be like to grow up as a Catholic.
--Shane, 23, Immaculate Conception, Marlboro
I thought it was great that we could actually hang out and play basketball during free-time with nuns because it showed that they are just regular people who have heard the calling of God.
--Chris, 15, Immaculate Conception, Marlboro
Within the last two months I have strayed away from God and by coming to this pilgrimage and seeing the unity of the youth has brought me back to my faith in God.
It was even worth sleeping on the gym floor!
--Alina, 17, Notre Dame Academy
What I learned about this pilgrimage is that being a faith filled person does not mean that you have to be boring. I was surprised that the Priests were so down to earth, humorous, and fun. They put things into a different perspective which normal teenagers could actually relate to.
--Jelyssa, 17, Presentation of Mary Academy
I believe the Pro-Life March was unified and effective. Even though our march focused around our Catholicism, there was a sense of unity among the diverse crowd. I truthfully believe that the march was instrumental in helping me find my answer towards abortion.
--Amanda, 17, Pope John XXIII
On this trip, I realized how many people around the country can put aside their differences and come together and fight for a common cause. Its pretty cool and DC has a nice mall!
You can just sense the Cardinals profound humility when you are around him. When we prayed the rosary he was focused and quiet on his prayer. It was more profound that while other people may have been walking and chatting around him, he gave a living example not only of how men are drawn to God the Father by just being there but also that his attitude which summed up the how the March was intended as loving, peaceful, and centered on bringing others closer to Christ.
It is cool to know that the cause is greater than yourself.
Fr. Dan asked us What did I do for these two days?
My response is, Made a difference.
This has been a trigger for me to convert to Catholicism.
Now within a month or so I will strengthen my faith by being a baptized Catholic.
--Bianca, 17, Presentation of Mary Academy
It was inspiring to see adolescents our age working together to support such a powerful stand and being acknowledged by the adults when ordinarily adults do not listen to teens opinions.
--Brianna, 16 and Alyssa, 17, Our Lady of Nazareth Academy
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