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Catholic Ospreys march for life in D.C.

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Benedict, Bendis, Augustine, and Nagales with the rest of The Catholic Ospreys in D.C. Photo courtesy of Catholic Ospreys

Benedict, Bendis, Augustine, and Nagales with the rest of The Catholic Ospreys in D.C.
Photo courtesy of Catholic Ospreys

UNF students Mikaela Benedict, Elizabeth Bendis, Michael Augustine, Joshua Nagales traveled to D.C. by bus with the Diocese of St. Augustine to participate in the March for Life Jan. 27.

Benedict, Bendis, Augustine, and Nagales are all members of Catholic Ospreys. After learning about the opportunity to travel to D.C. with the Diocese of St. Augustine, they jumped on it and traveled with fellow Catholic Gators from UF, Catholic Dolphins from JU, the Catholic College Fellowship from Flagler, and the Catholic Saints from Sante Fe.

“It’s us standing up and saying we want a culture of life not a culture death,” said Benedict, a photography student at UNF.

The students marched from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court and at one point remembered going up Capitol Hill. The students recalled the thousands gathered and described the march as a “pilgrimage,” with an overall “theme of love and healing.”

“We love you and that’s why we’re doing this,” said Benedict.

Religion plays a big part in the student’s decision to be pro-life, but they say it’s not all about religion. Benedict said It’s also about being pro-women and protecting all life in general.

Joshua Nagales and Mikaela Benedict. Photo courtesy of Catholic Ospreys

Joshua Nagales and Mikaela Benedict.
Photo courtesy of Catholic Ospreys

“When you give life, a woman is reaching her fullest potential,” said Bendict. “When she can raise another person that is just the peak of womanhood.”

The pro-women aspect of being pro-life is one of the most important to Bendict alongside the idea that all life is precious.

“A big aspect of religion is to respect life, all life,” said Benedict. “This pro-life march is not just for abortion, it’s for people with disabilities, it’s for people in euthanasias, it’s to protect life in general.”

Augustine, a religious studies major, said he thinks his faith is beautiful because it teaches that every person is a sacred and unique individual that will never be created again.

“One reason I really support the pro-life movement is because I was born,”  Augustine said. “I have experienced life and I love it even in the worst times.”

Nogales expanded on this statement and said that we are all survivors of abortion.

“We are basically all survivors of this [abortion] because we are able to experience life versus those who were aborted and aren’t able to experience what we’re experiencing,” Nagales said.

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Students from the Catholic Ospreys. Students pictured, from left to right: Christina Roldán, Elizabeth Bendis, Aimee Roldán, Katerina Benedict. Photo courtesy of Catholic Ospreys

Catholic Ospreys are hoping that by marching for life they can change the minds of some people who are pro-choice. Benedict said she believes that the first step to doing this is by not solely viewing an individual by their opinions and listening to what they have to say and being kind and compassionate.

“We want to change their heart, we want to change the hearts of everyone in America but it won’t happen overnight,” Bendis said.

 

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4 Responses to “Catholic Ospreys march for life in D.C.”

  1. Diana on February 14th, 2017 11:14 am

    I’m very disappointed that the headline of this article as it appeared on Facebook was also the most ignorant and bombastic line in the article. I’m pro choice myself, but it’s just straight up shoddy journalism to put the most sensational and divisive quote as the subtitle, when the article is really about a bunch of people who think that what they’re doing is loving and pro-women.

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    ad2017 Reply:

    If you were really pro choice then you would celebrate both choices and for EQUAL RIGHT TO LIFE to ALL women.

    If you were really pro choice then you would encourage someone to love ALL LIFE…equally.

    But the knee jerk reaction for some to only cheer for one side of the 2 possible choices reveals what the pro choice has been “thought-trained” into believing.

    Equal Life to all children.

    That’s the RIGHT to Life.

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    ad2017 Reply:

    WOMEN’S RALLY
    Urging Mayor Lenny Curry to Veto the JAX HRO
    “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!”

    DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    TIME: 12:00noon – 1:00pm
    PLACE: Jacksonville City Hall & Hemming Plaza

    Despite what you may have heard in the local media, the city code is clear that Jacksonville’s Mayor Lenny Curry has until the date of the next City Council meeting on February 28, 2017, to veto the HRO which is the most anti-liberty, anti-privacy and anti-woman law any legislative body could ever pass. Get your daughters, sisters, and friends and make plans to join us.

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  2. ad2017 on February 20th, 2017 8:49 am

    UNF…haven’t you had enough violence!

    WOMEN’S RALLY
    Urging Mayor Lenny Curry to Veto the JAX HRO
    “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!”

    DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    TIME: 12:00noon – 1:00pm
    PLACE: Jacksonville City Hall & Hemming Plaza

    Common sense women are coming together from across Jacksonville to stand publicly against the gross invasion of our privacy, dignity, and safety found in the Jacksonville Human Right Ordinance (HRO) passed by the City Council. The HRO is outrageous and gives biological men a new “right” to shower with women, change clothes in women’s locker rooms, and use our bathrooms.
    Despite what you may have heard in the local media, the city code is clear that Jacksonville’s Mayor Lenny Curry has until the date of the next City Council meeting on February 28, 2017, to veto the HRO which is the most anti-liberty, anti-privacy and anti-woman law any legislative body could ever pass. Get your daughters, sisters, and friends and make plans to join us.

    List of 21 Bathroom Abuse Incidents From Across the Country as a Result of these Policies
    http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF16F27.pdf

    And they all said they “researched” this…not by a longshot.

    UNF…haven’t you had enough violence!

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