Hello, everyone! My name is Angela, and I am a junior here at Franciscan University. I am a Theology and Philosophy major, minoring in Human Life studies, and I am excited to announce that this is my first blog of the semester. Over the course of the next couple of months, I hope to give all of you a unique first-hand perspective on life here at the University.
I have only been back in school for the past week, but it seems like so much longer than that. Although the transition from a month-long Christmas break to eight A.M. classes is a drastic one, the fast-paced schedule of the typical Franciscan student allows for a quick and easy acclimation. As I look back on my first week here, I am shocked to realize just how much of a blur it was. From getting enough text books to build my own library to reorganizing my apartment, I could hardly find time to make multiple runs to Wal-Mart for all those last minute groceries. To say the least, it has been quite the busy first week back.
Before I knew it, the weekend was here, and it was time to go the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Growing up in Arizona, it was always much too difficult for me to make it to the March. Now, after coming to Franciscan, the required trip was no longer a plane flight, but a mere six hour drive. I was so excited to be able to experience this monumental event in person this year. As soon as I got to the march, the presence of Franciscan University became immediately apparent. I couldn’t miss the large green banner representing our pro-life student body, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you” (Jeremiah 1:5).
It was incredible for me to know that I was a part of something so much bigger than myself. I was not standing around puddles of mud in the freezing rain alone. Not only was I surrounded by so many of my peers at Franciscan, but by countless other groups from all around the country. This gathering of the masses was our refusal to remain silent, petitioning Congress to repeal the Roe vs. Wade decision that was made that infamous day 39 years ago. We were invigorated by the speeches of pro-life Congressmen and others who expressed a fiery love for restoring the preservation of basic human rights. Although the inclement weather made my fingers and toes freeze, it was the excitement of fighting in the front lines that sent a genuine chill down my spine. Somewhere amongst the graphic posters displaying the gruesome reality of abortion, I became deeply aware of life’s sanctity and our universal call to defend it.
After thousands marched in prayer to the Supreme Court, we decided to warm up with a good ol’ cup of coffee from one of the shops in Union Station. And although it will be tough for me to wake up for my eight A.M. class tomorrow morning, I am rejuvenated by the fact that my classmates share my zeal for defending and protecting life. Being able to attend a University where your friends and professors are your support group is an invaluable blessing and privilege. I look forward to sharing more about the unique character and spirited community we share here at Franciscan. May God bless your studies, filling you with ultimate peace and joy.
Until next time,