For years, the Archdiocese of Washington has sponsored the annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life. Each time we do this, we sense all over again both the urgency of the rally, the commitment of our young people and the power of the Eucharist. The Mass and Rally that precede the annual March for Life are always a sign of hope for the future and a witness to the vitality of the Church, especially her young members. This year's events will again confirm that optimism. Tens of thousands of young men and women from all over the nation will come together at the Verizon Center and - because the demand is so great - churches throughout the region to proclaim and support the Gospel of Life.
But they do much more. The pro-life youth, together with their bishops and priests, and joined by so many deacons and religious, renew our conviction that with God's grace and our good works, we can change this world.
As believers, our hope for a better world is rooted in our faith that God will help us make this happen. Hence, our perennial optimism is the source of our social activism and involvement. We pray that with God's grace, our work can help to bring about that world of peace, justice, understanding, wisdom, kindness, respect and love that we call the Kingdom of God.
Maybe that is what Jesus meant when he said, "Peace I give you, my peace I leave with you" (John 14:27). Maybe that is why so many of this age and generation seek an interior peace, a peace that the world cannot give.
At the very beginning, God sent forth the Spirit who made life possible. This life includes a dimension that we call the soul. There is that part of us that cannot be reduced to flesh and blood. Each of us recognizes that there is more to being human than we can touch, hear, smell or taste. The realm of the spirit is as much an aspect of human life, aspiration, hope and satisfaction as are the body and physical needs.