Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
The above reading states Jesus saw, in the midst of His pain, His mother standing there and the disciple “whom He loved”. They were willing to be there for him in his pain. Many of Jesus’ friends abandoned Him on the way to the Cross.
Do you feel abandoned with your abortion feelings, like no one is willing to listen or be with you in your pain , that there is no one to speak to? That people tell you to “get over it”? How do you deal with those feelings?
Do you take advantage of those you have met in the ministry when you are having a hard time. If not, what stops you?
Jesus gave you Mary as your Mother. Who do you go to, to help you work through your abortion issues?
Lent is a time of great mercy – meditate during this time on the love of God for you
There is a beautiful Eucharistic prayer in our faith that goes like this, ‘When we were sinners and could not find our way to you, you loved us more than ever.” How beautiful, that when we were lost, He loved us more than ever. Not when we became what we saw as “ok”, but when we were sinners & lost. What love. I think there are few as “lost” as those suffering from a past abortion. They feel as though there is no forgiveness for their sin; they feel condemned forever. It is only God’s love and mercy that can free them.
Saint Faustina Kowalska's diary, “Divine Mercy in My Soul”, tells of words spoken to her by Christ: "Let the greatest sinners place their trust in my mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than asked. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to my compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in my unfathomable and inscrutable mercy."
Years ago the NCCB asked me to put my testimony into words for them so that they could include it in their yearly Respect Life Month packet to be distributed across the United States. Once printed, I was sent a copy of the witness. I always end my witness talk with the quote from St Faustina’s diary above. I know it is the mercy of God that has healed me from my abortion and it is this same mercy that heals each one of those who come to us, but, I will never forget my mortification when I opened my witness up. There before me it was, with the title “Divine Mercy in My Soul”. The same title of the autobiography of St Faustina!
I loved the book of St Faustina’s diary and have read it often. This saint of mercy so pure and holy! And they had given the witness of my life, so different from St Faustina’s, the same name as her diary! I was completely mortified and began panicking. This was going to be all over the country…what would people thinking! I quickly called my spiritual director not knowing what to do. Thinking he would advise me on a way to fix this, I proceeded to make an appointment to see him. However, I got a completely different response than the one I had hoped for.
”Theresa, It is Divine Mercy In Your Soul. Accept the title in humility, for your story is not about you, but about the love and mercy of God. ”
How true…God works in each of us in different ways according to our needs…but it is His mercy in each one of our souls that brings us all to HIM no matter what our experiences.
The tag for Lumina says “Lumina-a ray of light in abortions darkness”. Christ and His Divine Mercy is that light. One of my favorite books, “In the Arms of Mary” by S.C. Beila, has a line that says, “Only when you believe that you are loved will you adapt, in the face of overwhelming difficulties, the attitude of a child, who with trust, presents oneself before its Father. You will then find the courage to learn in a deeper way about the abyss of your own wretchedness.”
By leading those who come to us to the love and mercy of God and helping them to develop a personal relationship with Him, they are then able to look at the “wretchedness” of their abortion. Safely encompassed in His mercy, they are able to see the truth about themselves without despairing, because they know in their hearts what He has done for them. It it this shelter of Divine Mercy that I believe, as Pope John Paul II speaks about in the Gospel of Life when he addresses those post abortive.
“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.”
And so, I dare to say DIVINE MERCY HIMSELF brings those post abortive out of themselves and to Him and we at Lumina are called to be a sign of His Divine Mercy in all we say and do with those we serve.
while here in the US the NAtional Abortion Federation continues to do everything it can to claim abortion stress is a myth
So ladies, if you are suffering here are the reason they give
The obstacles encountered while trying to obtain abortion care
Feeling alone while making an important decision
An environment where choosing abortion may be stigmatized
According to them, it has nothing to do with the fact that you have participated in the ending of the life of your child. Amazing how those things listed above can cause trauma in their eyes but not the death of our children.
Considering all of their "trust women" mottos, you would think they would listen to the thousands of us who are coming forward to speak of their pain after abortion, but as usual the only ones they "trust" are the ones who agree with them.
Today’s guest commentary examines how one woman’s faith helped her through the most difficult times of her life. May we all learn a lesson about our Lord and how unwavering faith will bring us out of the darkness of despair and into His light.
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
As we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph it is an opportunity to pray about the father of our unborn children and look at the ways we may have failed each other. We do not do this to judge or blame, but to understand what happened in order for us to heal
In what ways was the father of your unborn child like Joseph?
In what ways did he fail to be there for you ?
What was your role in the relationship with this person?
If you have, how have you reconciled this relationship
Entering Canaan Entering Canaan is comprehensive post abortion ministry consisting of Day of Prayer & Healing, weekend Retreats and monthly Gatherings. It also includes a yearly "Mercy Renewal Retreat" which enables those involved in the ministry to come aside each year to grow more deeply in their healing and faith.
Lumina Hope & Healing After Abortion A post abortion ministry of Good Counsel, Inc., Lumina provides groups, retreat days, trainings, public speaking, & referrals to post abortion ministries, professional therapists and clergy.
Abortion Recovery International ARIN is an affiliate association, dedicated to connecting and assisting like-minded abortion recovery centers, programs and services; as well as individuals working within the field.
Ramah International Assistance for those hurting from post abortion syndrome through communication, resources, and local referrals.
Project Rachel The Catholic Church's healing ministry for those who have been involved in abortion.
National Office of Reconciliation and Healing A network of researchers and psychotherapeutic professionals working in the field within the U.S. and abroad, consulting on the formation of post-abortion support services within secular and religious settings.
Rachel's Vineyard Rachel's Vineyard retreats combines a unique and creative process for psychological and spiritual healing.
Safe Haven Ministries Safe Haven is a peer site for those who have had abortions to find comfort, hope, understanding, and healing.
Ramah International – Sydna Masse’s Blog
Ramah International, Inc. was founded by Sydna A. Masse, a post-abortive woman who experienced God’s healing touch eleven years after her abortion through a crisis pregnancy center’s ministry program.
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