Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. And it is no small grace that today is also the day when more than 500,000 people will gather in Washington, DC for the annual March for Life.
We commemorate St. Paul’s conversion because it gives us great hope: God can change hearts. The one who persecuted the early Christians was struck from his horse and changed forever by an encounter with Jesus. The Lord transformed his heart, filled him with the Holy Spirit, and propelled him to offer everything he had, even unto death, for the Gospel.
God can change hearts today too. He uses the witness of those who love and serve Him to transform the hearts of a nation, to stir up into flame a passion for justice and charity. We’ve seen it often in recent years, the conversions of those who worked for years in the abortion industry, of those who suffer deeply from the wounds of past abortions, of those who have aided loved ones in seeking an abortion, and of those who, out of ignorance, encouraged a culture of death. He is changing hearts.
And we will be there to witness it.
Today, let us ask for the intercession of St. Paul and pray for conversion. Join us in prayer as we march in Washington to witness to the dignity of human life at all stages, especially for the weakest and most vulnerable, the unborn.
St. Paul, glorious Apostle and Martyr, pray for us!