NDHS, area Catholic schools hold Pro-Life march
CROWLEY - In a display of unity amongst the Catholic schools in Acadia Parish on Tuesday, hundreds of students from parochial schools throughout the parish marched from the front of Notre Dame High to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church to listen as Father Matthew Higgonbotham spoke to them prior to leading the crowd in prayer.
“Many years ago our soldiers would walk many miles to go to fight a battle for what they knew was right,” said Fr. Higginbotham. “That’s what we are doing here today only it is another battle we are fighting. How can we be free when we are killing our own children.
“Fifty million children have been killed since the passage of Roe v. Wade, some of these children may have found the cure for cancer or AIDS. Some of them may have gone on to great things but never got the chance because they are killed before they ever got to do anything.
“We simply want to make a bold, public statement that every person has a right to live and nobody has the right to take that from me.”
He then led the large gathering in a moment of prayer prior to the march back to Notre Dame High School.
Once back at the school Notre Dame students listened to a speech by Paul George of the Ragin Cajun Catholics of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
George, an animated speaker, relayed many humorous stories from his childhood that connected to the main message he was trying to relay to the students.
“If I asked each of you if you’re going to be successful and happy when you grow up all of you would raise your hands right?,” he asked. “Now if I asked how many of you are going to miserable people none of you would raise their hands. There is a generation of people who do not think. There comes a time in your life when you have to decide between faith and regret.”
“The longest distance you will travel is from your head to your heart. There is a culture of death out there. Live through your faith. You young people are the future. You can change this culture of death into a culture of life.”