Come Home to His Mercy this Lent
I love this season of Lent, a time that speaks of Gods great love and mercy for us. A love that died on the cross to pay for our sins, each individual one of us.
Yes, even the sin of abortion.
There are so many beautiful prayers in our church this time of year. One of my favorites is the Eucharistic Prayer of Reconciliation: “God of love and mercy you are always ready to forgive. We are sinners and you invite us to trust in your mercy.” He invites us… he does not force us or command us. He invites us! He tells us His Mercy is there, but no pressure… it is up to us if we chose to accept the invitation.
It is hard to internalize God’s mercy. We may hear about it, but people who have experienced abortion often think mercy is there for everyone but us. That abortion is the unforgivable sin, but is it? Of course not. No sin is unforgivable to God. We must never put a limit on God’s mercy if we are truly sorry for what we have done.
Jesus told St Faustina: “No sin, even a corruption abyss, will exhaust my Mercy.” We keep waiting for a “feeling,” or the disappearance of the consequences of our abortions, but accepting Mercy and trusting in Christ’s forgiveness has nothing to do with what we feel. Instead, it is a “knowing” that gives us the strength to move forward, to learn about the many dynamics surrounding post abortion, and to fight through the battles of healing believing that Jesus is right beside us because He said He would be.
The aftermath of abortion does not only impact the women who have them. We are just scratching the surface of the far reaching impact of abortion including fathers and siblings. Lumina has two retreat opportunities coming up, an Entering Canaan Men’s Day of Healing on June 16, 2018 with spiritual director, Rev. Mariusz Koch, C.F.R of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and a Healing Retreat for Siblings on June 29-July 1 with Spiritual Director, Rev. Fidelis Moscinski.
In the end healing is not about who we are and what we have done, but about who He is and what He has done… died on the cross for our sins.
Click here for detailed information of the Men’s Day of Healing.
Click here for detailed information on the Weekend Sibling Retreat.
For more information on post-abortion healing, please visit Lumina here.