"O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us poor sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, Your tender mother and ours." (from the Novena to the Sacred Heart)
The image above is from an "Entering Canaan" weekend we had one summer at "Camp St Joseph". The theme I chose was "Living in the heart of Jesu". One of things we asked the women to do was to write their names on the board of the Sacred Heart you see in front of the altar.
Many wrote their names within the heart, some wrote them in the white area surrounding the heart, some on the edges, and others deep in the middle of His Sacred Heart.
There is no question that our names are etched into the heart of Jesus in spite of any sins we may have comitted. He calls us to His embrace, telling us this is so, but when we are immersed in pain and working our way to healing, it is sometimes hard to see or believe that we are within His heart. In fact, we may even be fearful of being there for fear of his judgement. We may still not believe such a sin can be forgiven. Still, we are always there in His heart, whether we will to be or not. The question is, how open are we to allowing Him in our hearts? Our signature can be a reflection of this. A sign of where we are in our healing.
As our healing grows, we recognize and want to be in His heart. We do not judge by our feelings which can be fleeting and changing depending on our moods, or the events of the day, but instead by a "knowing". A knowing that He is working in our lives, has forgiven us if we have confessed, and is leading us deeper into His heart and a life with Him.
As we write our names, are we in the white section, distant from Him? Are we on the border, still not sure and moving with caution, or have we opened our hearts to dwell in the depths of His?
"The mercy of God gives life to man, it raises him from the dead. The Lord is always watching us with mercy, [always] awaits us with mercy. Let us be not afraid to approach him! He has a merciful heart! If we show our inner wounds, our sins, He always forgives us. He is pure mercy! Let us never forget this: He is pure mercy! Let us go to Jesus!" Pope Francis
Let us embrace the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus trusting Him and opening ourselves so that our hearts shares the rhythm of His as He embraces us!
“I want to be only a poor friar who prays…Pray, Hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips but with your heart. In fact, on certain occasions you should speak to Him only with your heart…” St Padre Pio
There is so much going on in the world today it is hard at times not to worry. We are bombarded with terrible news everyday that often make us feel there is no hope.
As someone post abortive, many of the things we hear are constant reminders of our abortions, especially when abortion is such a hot topic. This can bring up fears and feelings of unforgiveness, guilt, shame and anger.
Are you experiencing any of these feelings? If so, what ones and why?
How have you been dealing the climate where abortion continues to be a major issue?
What do I do when I feel anxious or worried? Do I reach out fo rhelp from those who understand?
When I am overcome with feelings of guilt or shame, how do I process them?
Do I get my “news” from Jesus each day by spending time in prayer?
Healing from abortion can be a challenge but it is ther for the taking...take advantage of the opportunites there are to work through your healing to find peace in your life. Here is a list of resources in our area.
"Remember, there is no sin that we little mortals can commit that is so bad that God will not forgive, provided we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. God’s mercy is magnificent and it is ours for the asking."
When I was very far away from the Church in apostasy, I asked a girl to take emergency contraception (not sure if she was pregnant). I knew that this was an excommunicable act, but I persisted because I hated the Church and I wanted nothing to do with it. A few years ago, I realized all the evil I’ve done and I have been striving through tears and penance to make some atonement for all I did out of hatred and disobedience. Back then, I was referred by the local Chancery to the priest nearest me for Confession, but I’m not sure the person who referred me understood the need for faculties to rescind excommunication. Recently, I confessed this sin to a priest who told me that all priests were given such faculties by John Paul II and he could restore me to Communion–he seemed very certain. I tried to contact the local Chancery to arrange Confession with the Bishop, but to no avail. I weep for my sins and I want to be reconciled to God and his Church. How can I do properly do penance? Should I trust what the priest recently told me? Should I continue to call the Chancery? Should I refrain from Communion until I have a definite answer? I pray for you, Father, and I ask you to pray for me. Please don’t use any identifying information if this goes on the blog. Thank you and God bless you.
I am not aware of any diocese in these USA where the local bishop has not given his priests the faculty to lift the censure of excommunication for procuring an abortion (c. 1398), as well as the censure of excommunication for committing an act of apostasy (c. 1364).
If the chancery referred you to the priest nearest you, it is safe to assume that all the priests in that diocese have been given the faculty.
The priest who told you that St. John Paul II gave all priests this faculty may have either been confused, or unclear – St. John Paul, in promulgating the 1983 Code, gave bishops the ability to grant this faculty to their priests.
Precisely for these situations, priests who generally use the newer form for the Sacrament of Penance should familiarize themselves with what their faculties are! They should review them on a regular basis with other priests of their diocese to make sure that everyone’s on the same page.
Lucy: A Heartbreaking Tribute to a Daughter Lost to Abortion
by Kristi Burton Brown | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/21/13 3:25 PM
Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — In 2009, the Christian rock band Skillet released a single called “Lucy.” (See below for a music video.) For some time, John Cooper – the band’s lead singer – chose not to share the story behind the song. But at a concert in November of 2010, he told the crowd the true story that had inspired “Lucy”:
… this week is the very first time that I’ve ever told what this song is about, because, uh, it’s very special to me, but I feel like it’s time to talk about it a little bit, so… listen up while I tell you a story about a young girl and a young guy who found themselves in a hard situation. They didn’t know what to do when they found out that she was pregnant; they were young, they didn’t have any money, they were scared, they didn’t want to tell anybody, they didn’t know what to do, and the only option that they could see was to terminate the pregnancy. So that’s what they decided to do… they went to a clinic, they had the procedure done, and at first they felt relieved that all their problems had gone away.
But then something happened that they did not expect… and that’s over the next few weeks, which turned into a few months, they began to feel an intense sadness… and a pain and an agony and a guilt that wouldn’t go away. They didn’t know what to do, so they finally went to see a counselor; they said look — tell us what to do, we just don’t know, and the counselor made a suggestion. The counselor said here’s what you need to do — stop acting like you had a procedure, and act like you had a death in the family.
“Jesus is the living bread that can satisfy a person’s deepest yearnings” Pope Francis
I have to admit that before I really learned my faith and opened my heart I just did not get it. Receiving communion was something I had done as a child, but the real miracle of what I was experiencing was not something I understood or embraced.
I imagine it is that way for most people. Even today as adults, many do not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. They do not open their hearts to His Presence as they receive Him.
To be honest there are still times I am distracted. I can be at mass and in my mind I am shopping or going to the post office, but I do try, as soon as I recognized I have strayed, to bring myself back to the miracle happening right in front of me.
I have been a daily communicant for over 25 years now. In spite of my wanderings and distractions, I do believe in His presence and I know that it is He that nourishes me and gives me the graces I need to do the work I do, and more importantly to live the life He desires me to live. I have no doubt that without frequenting the sacraments it would not be long before I was “out there” again left to my own devices.
In addition to all of that, I know it is there that I meet, through the veil of faith, my son Joshua who I aborted over 40 years ago. It is there heaven meets earth and through Jesus I am united to him.
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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