A Special Word for women who have had an abortion . . .

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.                                                                                     
~Pope John Paul II, Gospel of Life 99

“The retreat is where I found the peace I have been looking for in the past 5 years.  The retreat weekend was the best healing experience and I am so glad I was able to attend it!” ~ Sarah*

“No words can say how much appreciate the love I have felt being part of the [support] group.  They had been feeling exactly what I had felt at that moment -- there was so much empathy to each other. Carrying my pain for 24 years was enough; God has perfect times to heal, and this was mine. Thank you Lord for letting me know your perfect love through those beautiful ladies.”~Maria*        

“I am so blessed to have made the Project Rachel retreat!  This was a burden I had carried deep inside myself for over 25 years and was in my late 40s at the time of the retreat.  However, I learned one is never too old to heal and receive God’s forgiving graces.  The retreat staff was so kind and caring, the area was lovely and the retreat itself was wonderful time for personal reflection, remembrance, talking and beautiful ceremonies.  I would highly recommend it to anyone suffering from abortion.  There is no guilt – only love.” ~ Elizabeth*

* Names have been changed for confidentiality purposes.

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