Take Care of Yourself
Time to Get Well–Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually
Your body has been through an ordeal. You need physical healing. Please follow all the medical directions you were given, and get help if you have any of the danger signs, like fever over 100 degrees, blood clots larger than a quarter, or increased bleeding even if the clots are small, among other symptoms. Later you must be careful to get regular check-ups for breast cancer.
You need spiritual healing, too. Did you know that they call Jesus the Great Physician? He healed lepers and even raised the dead. He can heal our human bodies and souls. In most of His miracle healings, it was the touch of Christ’s physical person that healed the various wounds.
Bad luck, you and I were not born when Jesus lived; thanks to Christ’s genius, though, you can still touch His body and blood just as you might have done if we had been lucky enough to live in His time. That’s because Christ is physically present in every Catholic Church.
He promised this, the bible gives His words, they are clear and not complicated, and we believe He has kept His promise. After all, He created the whole universe, and in His life on earth, He could raise the dead–there were many witnesses to His power on our earth. So, He can make Himself present in unleavened bread. It is His special healing gift to us. Catholics can literally receive Him, His actual Body, into their bodies, in what is called communion, and anyone– not only Catholics but everyone–can visit him there in the church, and talk to Him, and feel His love. All are welcome, sinners and saints. All are welcome, including any woman who had an abortion. You are welcome.
If you do not know a Catholic church, please write no dot neveragain at hotmail dot com [turn into correct format when used] and include your ZIP code. You’ll receive back the address and phone number of a traditional Catholic church close to you. If you email back, we can talk about it, all of it. Because you are welcome.
Because, you are a daughter of God. The souls of our people were locked out of heaven because of the sins of our ancestors, the first humans, but Christ paid our ransom with His suffering. That makes us adopted children of God, heirs of heaven, in spite of our sins. A great and kind king died for you. That makes you so precious–too precious for abortion.
You do not want to continue in that life. Never again! That’s what you think, deep down in your heart. You have this chance to change. You want to change or you wouldn’t have come here. Christ is the Way. The Catholic Church will help you find Him, know Him, possess Him. First, unless you are already Catholic, you must ask for instruction in the Faith at a Catholic church and then be baptized. Just call and make an appointment, it’s easy; try to find a traditional Catholic church, for they will teach you to pray the wonderful Latin mass, and that, too will help you to heal. Then you can go to confession. Wonderful confession!
The Holy Bible says, “He that hideth his sins, shall not prosper: but he that shall confess, and forsake them, shall obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). It also says,
Jesus died on the cross that we sinners might be healed.”Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows . . . he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins . . .and by his bruises we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5)
Do you sincerely want to be forgiven for your abortion, and have Christ help you with your sorrow? Well then, you must confess and forsake your sins. When sinners do that, God forgives us and help us, for the sake of Jesus.
But first, before you even go to confession to an ordained priest, you should ask God’s forgiveness right away, right now, so that your soul is prepared for death and judgement. There is a good informal prayer in the next paragraph. Then you should follow up your informal prayer. If you are already Catholic, you can go straight to confession, if not, you can follow up by formally studying the Catholic faith, joining the Church, and making confession to an ordained priest. Be sure to ask the priest during confession if he has the Faculty to forgive abortion, which is like a special license for forgiving that particular sin, which due to its very serious nature has this special requirement–very many priests have the faculty, but it’s best to check; he will know what you mean, and he will not mind you asking.
You will experience great relief from confession. Confession and the other sacraments, like Communion, will help you in ways ordinary generic counseling never can.
Here is a prayer that asks God for forgiveness, or use your own words:
God, I come before you in the name of Your Son Jesus who died on the cross for my sins. I acknowledge my sin of abortion. I am truly sorry. Please forgive me. Please heal me.
I ask you, Lord, to help me now. I am in so much pain. And God, I accept this pain, because I earned it, I deserve it. But let me use it! The hurt I hold in place of the baby I once carried, I join to the pain of Jesus on the Cross, as He told me to do when He said to take up our cross and follow Him, and so I offer it to You, Father, for the salvation of the world and of myself.
With the help of Your grace, I will never repeat the sin of abortion. With Your help, I will try to influence others to avoid abortion. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Question: I’m not Catholic now. I was raised in another religion but would like to become Catholic. Would I have to confess my sin of abortion to the priest if it was in the past? When you join the Catholic church, do you go to confession for all the sins that you can remember, since you’ve never been to confession before? Will I still be able to become a member, or will they deny my membership? I so want to be in God’s grace and loving arms in the fellowship of a church. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question, Father.
Answer: Since you are a member of another Christian Church, you are not re-baptized in preparation for your formal profession of faith as a Catholic. But you will be admitted into the Church, after preparation. Along with your reception of Confirmation and Holy Communion, you also receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. Your first confession should include all those serious sins that you can remember, including abortion. The joy of confession is hearing the comforting words of absolution that the priest says to the penitent: “Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace.” When your sins are forgiven, they are gone! They cannot keep you from being welcome in the Church, any more than Peter’s denial of Jesus kept him from becoming the head of the Church, once Jesus forgave him his sins on Easter Sunday and asked him to “Feed my sheep.” (John 20:19 and 21:15-17) [from Rachel’s Vineyard Forums]
If You Are Already Catholic, Go to Confession!
Use Your Experience to Help Others
Some generic therapists will try to get you to forget your abortion experience as quickly as you can. That’s not right! While you should not dwell on the details, you should continue to express your deep remorse to God, and show you mean it by helping others. In his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life, paragraph 99), Pope John Paul II has a special message for women who have had an abortion. These are his words:
I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To the same Father and His Mercy you can with sure hope entrust your child. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.
To find a traditional Catholic Church near you where you can receive instruction in the Faith, write:
no dot neveragain at hotmail dot com (include your zip code)
Relationship between contraception and abortion:
Abortion is Black Genocide ;
Rachel’s Vineyard Hot Line: 877 HOPE 4 ME
Chastity, find out how others do it:
David McDonald’s site will cut through the hype about ‘safe sex’:
Catholics on Fire for You
[note: some of these sources offer only 'ecumenical' materials, but perhaps it's better than nothing at all; it is hoped other, energetically Catholic, sources of help will be found as we go along.}
This post is designed for people who offer women help outside abortion centers, because it’s a reproduction of a tri-fold brochure sidewalk counselors, as they are called, could reproduce to give to women leaving a ‘clinic’ after an abortion. If you would like the complete Publisher file, please email no dot never again at hotmail dot com .
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