“Human life is sacred, and must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception” (CCC 2258 and 2270). “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you,” (Jer 1:5).
Since 1973, over 61 million women in the U.S. alone decided to kill the new lives growing inside of them, resulting in millions of these women being physically and emotionally scarred. Fortunately the Catholic Church reminds all that healing from the pain of abortion is possible. And the Church also extends healing to the fathers of aborted babies and anyone involved in the horrific procedure. You can experience the abundant compassion of Jesus on a profound level during a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. See http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/ for more information and links to phone numbers and locations.
If attending a retreat isn’t possible, then consider going to a priest for the Sacrament of Confession to begin your healing process. The deep wound of abortion doesn’t disappear simply by the passage of time; usually the pain intensifies as you keep the secret inside of you. So many wonderful resources exist today for healing; don’t be afraid to reach out and take the first step.
If you are wondering what you can do today to stop the innocent killing of our children and harming women, consider adding a pro-life resolution from the list below. Your small action can make a huge difference.
- Pray and fast weekly or once a month for the protection of life and ending abortion.
- Inform yourself on legislative issues that threaten life. Susan B. Anthony List (https://www.sba-list.org/), American Life League (https://www.all.org/), and the National Right to Life (https://www.nrlc.org/site/) are good starting places.
- Pray in front of a local abortion clinic. Sign-up to pray during the 40 Days for Life campaign (https://40daysforlife.com/) in Macomb or Ferndale.
- Support local crisis pregnancy centers either by volunteering or through donations. See Crossroads Care Center at https://www.crossroadscarecenter.org/ or call them at 293.0070 to learn how you can best help them.
- Educate yourself. Call the Right to Life – Lifespan office for educational materials at 248-816-1546 or see http://milifespan.org/. Sign up to receive their newsletter or talk to our church rep, Karen Schenk.
- Other valuable resources for education include: Right to Life of Michigan https://www.rtl.org/, Priests for Life http://www.priestsforlife.org/, and the USCCB Pro Life Activities site http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/index.cfm.
Thanks for helping to change hearts and minds, one person at a time.