Jesus: My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. (Divine Mercy in My Soul, The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 85)
I love the Easter season that speaks so loudly of God’s great mercy and forgiveness. It is a time of great grace, drawing in those who have been lost, back to the heart of Christ, who is Mercy Himself.
With over 56 million abortions in our country since 1973, there are millions of people separated from God because of abortion, and whether we realize it or not, it has touched each one of our lives.
It may be your wife who struggles with intimacy, or maybe it is your mother who suffers from depression, or your father who is emotionally unavailable. It may be your husband who pressured a girlfriend to abort while in college.
Maybe it is your close friend who said she had to work and was unable to come to your baby shower, or, perhaps you could not believe that your sister missed her nephew’s first birthday party. The truth is, many post abortive people find events like these painful, and they often find excuses not to attend.
As one father told me, “I used to be so close to my daughter. We sent her away to college, and it was never the same after that. We kept trying to figure out what went wrong. It was not until years later that we found out she had an abortion. I wish she had felt she could come to us. I keep beating myself up wondering what I did that caused her to feel she could not. Not only did I lose my grandchild but I lost the daughter I once had. She is always so sad and I wonder if she will ever be herself again.” BC
Millions of women and men suffer in silence and isolation because of a past abortion. Most feel they have committed the unforgivable sin, but no sin is unforgivable to God. Jesus assured us of this when he told St Faustina, our sins, no matter what they are, are like a drop in the ocean of His mercy.
Our work at Lumina continues to reach tens of thousands of people touched by abortion each year, through talks, trainings, media, and retreats. Along with women’s retreats, we have retreats specifically for post-abortive fathers and we are the only healing ministry offering a retreat for siblings and couples who aborted because of an adverse diagnosis.
One sibling recently wrote, “It is difficult to put into words the great peace and comfort that I received when I participated in the Day of Prayer and Healing for Siblings. Meeting six other retreatants who knew personally the pain and grief of losing a sibling to abortion made me feel less alone in my loss. As a child, I can remember feeling like someone was missing from my family. During my teen years, I pushed those thoughts away because it seemed not true or possible. Six years ago, when I learned my mom had an abortion four years before I was born, suddenly everything that didn’t make sense to me came into focus…I would recommend this retreat to anyone who lost a sibling to abortion.” JAMS
The need is staggering, as you can imagine. It is only through your financial aid that we can continue to offer help to those living in abortion’s darkness. Won’t you help us bring Christ’s light to those who feel unforgivable and lost? May we, in this season of mercy bring them to Mercy Himself, the only true Healer!
Jesus, we trust in You!
In His Mercy,
Director, Lumina, Hope, & Healing After Abortion