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placeholder March 6, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
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Some members of St. Joseph Basilica Parish gathered for a photo at the West Coast Walk for Life.
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Walk for Life: 'Amazing, powerful, miracle-filled'

Clare Mahr

This year's Walk for Life was my fourth year attending and it was an amazing, powerful and miracle-filled experience.

This year we started off with a week of Eucharistic adoration with different ministries hosting each hour. I was blessed to be able to attend the adorations and each time I went to go say "hi" to Jesus, I was able to pray for my unborn brothers and sisters. The Eucharistic adorations helped me prepare for the walk and by Saturday I was ready to defend the unborn.

Saturday morning, people gathered at the church to get a blessing from Rev. George Alengadan. We all took BART to the Civic Center where we heard inspirational talks and looked around at different booths. It was amazing to see so many people gather together and become one to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

There were people from so many different places who had traveled long distances and I finally understood why the word Catholic means universal.

Though rain was forecast, after arriving in San Francisco I was surprised to see the weather was nice and that even the sun had come out.

After listening to the talks, we were all ready to go on the walk. People from our parish held up a big banner that read, "Saint Joseph Basilica," others held up signs that said, "I am the pro-life generation."

The group in front of us were high school students from San Jose and they were full of energy; together we chanted, "We love babies yes we do, we love babies how about you?"

Halfway through the walk the group in front of us started praying the rosary and I was able to join them. I felt like mother Mary was watching over us and that nobody could stop me. I thought about the vulnerable unborn babies who are dehumanized by society. I thought about the unborn babies who don't have a voice like I do and get betrayed by society.

It was hard for me to understand how people can do such evil but I knew deep inside that I needed to smile and bring Jesus to the people who have not yet met our loving, compassionate and merciful Father.

During the walk, there were some people who were upset at us, but we answered them with smiles and love.

Thank you everyone who made this experience full of happiness and joy, especially Rev. John Carillo, Deacon Matthew Murray, Deacon Jacob Boddicker, SJ, and Father Alengadan, who put in so much effort to make the event an amazing experience for everyone.

(Clare Mahr, 15, is a student at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, and a parishioner at St. Joseph Basilica Parish in Alameda.)


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