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Alumna Lauren Merz (’10) wants to turn the culture around and save souls. Since graduating from Christendom, Merz has risen through the ranks of the pro-life movement, recently being named vice president of strategic partnerships at Live Action, one of the most well-known and effective pro-life organizations in the nation.

Alumna Lauren Merz (’10) is the vice president of strategic partnerships for Live Action.

Fighting for the right to life is a daily spiritual battle, as the culture continues to devalue human life for the sake of “convenience.” It can seem daunting, but Merz believes her time at the college helped strengthen her faith and gave her the skills and knowledge necessary to make a difference in today’s world.

“Truly the most important thing Christendom College did to prepare me for my work in the pro-life movement was to strengthen me in the Faith and to fall in love with the Church, and with Christ,” said Merz in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. “Today, I am completely dependent upon the generous Grace of God to do this work in the fight to defend the preborn.”

In her role at Live Action, Merz works to help shift public opinion on the killing of preborn children and defend the rights of the most vulnerable. One of the best ways to do so, according to Merz, is through providing future generations with a strong, Catholic education — like the one she received at Christendom.

“With strong Catholic education, we will turn our culture around and save souls,” said Merz. “Strong Catholic education equips the next generations of leaders — of saints! — who are so desperately needed to restore all things in Christ. And who is more desperate in our culture right now than the most vulnerable little ones in the womb at odds against their own mothers?”

Students at Christendom are already working to turn the culture, taking part in pro-life activities weekly, like Shield of Roses.

Merz believes that Christendom helped further prepare her for her current role as a pro-life leader by providing her with a plan of life. In adoration, her faith was strengthened, while in the classroom her analytical and writing skills were refined. The professors provided her with examples of love and virtue, and her work-study job in the college’s Student Life Office taught her how to organize her time, manage a team, and how to be assertive. She further learned how to be a leader through her time as a resident assistant — skills she still uses today as one of the top three executives at Live Action.

For anyone who wants to make a difference in the pro-life movement, Merz recommends having a similarly strong Catholic education and being dependent on the grace of God.

“Among all the cultural battles we are facing today, the spiritual battle is especially strong on the pro-life front. We are fighting such a horrible evil. Some days I can’t even believe that I have to fight this battle — that we are actually killing our own children in such a beautiful, bountiful country and that I have to fight to stop it. It’s mind-boggling and gut-wrenching. It’s only by God’s generous grace and mercy through the Sacraments that I am able to continue the fight every day. Without Him, the evil is too great and I would have quit long ago,” concludes Merz.

Merz is following in the footsteps of generations of alumni who have worked in the pro-life movement, with only more set to follow. To read the full article and learn more about Merz’s success, click here.

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