I seek counsel when I am struggling and reach out to those who can help me or
do I isolate in my despair? How do I react differently than I use to? Do I
offer counsel to those I see struggling with an issue I have already worked
I never used to seek counsel. I would isolate myself and close myself off in my room becoming a fertile ground for the devils work of despair in my soul.
In the beginning of my healing I had to force myself to pick up the phone and call if I was struggling. It was so painful just to dial the number, but I learned after a while that this was not only what God wanted me to do, it worked!
Now when I am struggling with something, I seek out the right help, talk it through, pray, take action it it is Gods will and then let go...I have learned when I want to isolate it is a sure sign not too...
Purity:Many of us became pregnant because of
our life style. It is difficult to change admist the culture of our time. Am I
trying to be more careful and not to put myself in situations where I may
offend God. If I fail do I just give up or do I seek God out and try again?
Purity i snot an easy thing nowadays. everything seems to be sexual...advertising on TV, even for Burger King! TV shows, print ads, and the never failing call to promiscuity by places like Planned Parenthood who think people cannot say "no". I feel so sorry for the young kids of today. It is hard not to get caught up in all of it, or even to think it is ok.
In truth, this kind of lifestyle destroys our dignity as people and makes us objects instead of the people God intends us to be. A great book on this is Dawn Eden 's " The Thrill of the Chaste". You can find it here
We had a wonderful luncheon with the Council of Catholic Women. As is usually the case, many women came up to me after. One woman who was not sure how she felt about abortion had a change of heart after hearing my talk... the afternoon was worth it just for that, but there were many other graces..praise God.
here are a couple of pictures
Fr Matt, Marybeth (President of the Ct council), Bishop Lori & Mary Walsh & MSgr Preston
Obama this past week at the Holocaust Memorial in Washington. Lord, that we may see...
“It is the grimmest of ironies that one of the most savage, barbaric
acts of evil in history began in one of the most modernized societies
of its time, where so many markers of human progress became tools of
human depravity: science that can heal used to kill; education that can
enlighten used to rationalize away basic moral impulses; the
bureaucracy that sustains modern life used as the machinery of mass
death — a ruthless, chillingly efficient system where many were
responsible for the killing, but few got actual blood on their hands.” http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/04/obama_and_holocaust_and_united.html
Gentleness:Jesus describes Himself as gentle.
Does the thought of a gentle compassionate God help me to approach Him more
easily or do I still get caught up in the judgments of God. What can I do (or
do I do) to move past this?
Before my healing I did not think so much about God's gentleness. All I could see was his judgment.
If this is happening to you as well, pick up the bible and read the many accounts of His compassion towards sinners. One of my favorites is "The Woman at the well" whose sins He knew before she told Him , and yet, He was waiting for her to offer her His "life giving water".
Today I speak at the Council of Catholic Women – Ladies Spring Luncheon – in Norwalk, CT
I love speaking to women's groups which inevitably bring forward some for healing.
Please say a prayer..Bishop Lori of the Diocese of Bridgeport will be there, as well as my friend Fr Matt Mauriello who I met last year when I speak at the divine Mercy Conference in Dublin. \ May His Mercy be known!
and this is who our new president has chosen for the head of Health and Human Services..it is awful!
SEBELIUS’ POLITICAL KICKBACK
April 24, 2009
Governor Kathleen Sebelius, nominated to be the next secretary of
health and human services, vetoed a bill yesterday that would have
placed new restrictions on third trimester abortions. Catholic League
president Bill Donohue spoke to this issue today:
veto by Sebelius was a political kickback to Dr. George Tiller, the
infamous abortion doctor who specializes in killing kids just before
they are born (and in some cases when they are mostly born). It was
also a clear rejection of women’s rights.
is a long-time donor and friend of Sebelius, having greased her with so
much dough that she can’t even remember how much he has forked up. All
along he was buying protection from lawsuits, and yesterday he got what
he wanted. Sebelius, like all pro-abortion Catholics, says she wants to
reduce abortions, yet what she just did was to shield abortionists like
Tiller from publicly stating why it is necessary to kill a kid after
the 22nd week of pregnancy. Now he can go about his death trade willy
nilly, without any accountability. Moreover, the bill would have
allowed a woman to sue if she believed the abortionist lied to her
about the need for a late-term abortion. So much for women’s rights.
seems incapable of shame. She waited until the 11th hour yesterday to
deliver her body blow: she vetoed the bill at 4:45 p.m. on the 10th and
last day before the clock ran out. And President Obama wants to put a
person like this in charge of the nation’s healthcare? It just doesn’t
get any dirtier than this.”
Joy: Joy is ours in healing as we acknowledge
the great gift God has given us in freeing us from the hell of abortion. How
has joy become more apparent in my life since I began my healing journey? Do I manifest
joy to others ? In what ways?
I bet most people who are post abortive forgot what JOY feels like ! Or more accurately, they do not think they have a right to ever feel joy again.
Recently at one retreat we had a woman who told me she felt joyful and asked it that was ok...imagine, thinking you have no right to ever feel joy in your life! But our God wants us to feel JOY..He wants us to know HIS JOY and He gives it to us in our healing.
Today give thanks to God for the gift of joy, that you may be an instrument and witness to the new life He gives us in Him with our healing!
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Project Rachel The Catholic Church's healing ministry for those who have been involved in abortion.
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