St. Benedict lived in a time when human life was under attack. Rome had been sacked. Barbarian armies had defeated the empire. One invading Ostrogoth even met with St. Benedict, King Totila. If you read The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization, by Bryan Ward-Perkins, Oxford University Press, you get a sense of the loss of human life that occurred before and during the life of our founder St. Benedict. St. Benedict opposed the taking of innocent human life. He wrote, “run while you have the light of life,” and this is what the Benedictine monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey are doing. We are pro-life. We are monks for life.
The student leaders of Ravens Respect Life organize Benedictine College for the March for Life. The first faculty adviser for this pro-life group at Benedictine College was Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB. Abbot James Albers, OSB, helped found Ravens Respect Life during the time he was an undergraduate. Abbot James also organized and lead the Benedictine College March for Life as a student. Fr. Matthew and Abbot James are monks for life.
St. Benedict’s name means “blessing” in Latin. Abbot James gave everyone a blessing before the 23 hour bus ride to our nation’s capital.
Benedictine monks gathered as part of the send off for this historic number of monks and students. This year we are proud to lead the National March for Life from the Washington Mall, up Constitution Avenue to the front steps of the United States Supreme Court.
Just after this picture was taken, everyone gathered to pray a Rosary for an end to abortion, for mothers in crisis and for Jesus Christ to heal our broken nation. St. Benedict, monk for life, pray for us.