“When I heard the testimony of the grandmother, I realized I was not alone. Here was someone who experienced the same things as I did. I see the way my daughter continues to suffer years later as a result of an abortion she had decades ago and feel so sorry that I did not do more at the time to support her in her pregnancy. Little did we know that this would impact our entire family forever.” –Jo
Such were the words of someone who attended “An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession.”
We tend to think of abortion in terms of the mother and baby and sometimes the father, but so often we fail to look at the entire picture of how abortion impacts our nation. As a teenager who was coerced into an abortion by my parents, my road to healing was long because no one would acknowledge my experience. It took years to find the help I needed.
In the “Gospel of Life,” Saint Pope John Paul II says that we need to, “Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly.” It is never cut and dry. Any abortion decision is complicated with many dynamics. Through healing, I recognized the impact my abortion had on countless people: my parents, my siblings, my nieces and nephews, my friends, my future children, and yes, society as a whole.
Some years ago, while before the Blessed Sacrament, I was inspired with a prayer service to show the far reaching implications of abortion and the many it impacted; a service where all could participate in prayer and reparation whether they had been directly involved in an abortion or not. I brought the idea to the Family Life Office and “An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance” was born.
The prayer service involves short testimonies of many key people and their roles in abortion and provides a safe place to mourn and pray without anyone knowing if you yourself have been involved in an abortion or not.
With the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York, we have been moving the prayer service to different parishes throughout the diocese each year. In 2009, it was televised from St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and has spread to a number of other dioceses, including Washington, DC, Paterson, NJ, Providence, RI, Austin Texas, and Rockford, IL.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we find people truly “enter into” the service as it touches countless souls and opens hearts to healing and brings an understanding of what goes on in the minds of those involved in abortion.
Looking for something to do in your diocese or parish that will educate and bring people together for prayer and intercession? Perhaps An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession is what you need.
Watch this video for a sample of the day’s activities…
For more information, contact Theresa at Lumina by phone at 1-877-586-4621 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Manuals are also available which provide all you would need for the healing service.