A vision for everyday life

Photo by Aditya Saxena on Unsplash

By Katherine Walsh, senior in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Marquette for Life has helped me learn how to think deeply and critically about what it means to be human. This past year, we focused on the theme of “Culture of Life,” and each meeting focused on a different issue relating to human life.

We listened, learned, and at times, debated with each other over what life means and how we are called to defend it. For me personally, it has helped me realize how all-encompassing I want my respect of life to be. I want to make sure that my efforts to protect life extend beyond just those in the womb, but to anyone and everyone whose life’s value is not adequately respected.

I feel that my call to be pro-life is beyond a political alignment and is instead a vision to make the most ethical, respectful, and compassionate choice for every decision in my life. Marquette for Life is essential for the Marquette Community because it brings together students to not only volunteer and serve the community, but also to reflect inwardly about how we want to live our lives. We are constantly trying to find ways to bring new conversations, speakers, and perspectives into our club in order to expand our views of the world and solidify what it truly means to fight for life.

I feel that my call to be pro-life is beyond a political alignment and is instead a vision to make the most ethical, respectful, and compassionate choice for every decision in my life.

Through this collaboration, we are able to look at issues in our world today through a philosophical perspective rather than a political one because our world today is not simply black and white. — Every semester we have a Diaper Drive at the local Pick n Save to collect baby supplies to donate to Women’s Care Center and other places for moms to get support.

While standing by the carts at Pick n Save, a woman walked up to us and asked us where the donations were going and expressed that she could really use the diapers herself as she was in her third trimester. We shared all the information we had about the Center, including the kindness we have felt from the women who work there, and gave her the contact information and directions to get her the support she and her baby needed. This fleeting moment has stuck with me because it was one of the first times that I directly felt the impact our presence there was having on women in the community.

The Diaper Drive was also a powerful testament of the kindness and generosity of strangers. We were constantly surprised by how many people, especially young adults and fellow college students, would pick up a pack of diapers along with their regular weekly shopping. Humans truly do want to help each other out and this experience was just the perfect example of the love that we have for the lives of those around us.

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