Being Known by God and Knowing Him

Shirley Smith

Inner peace comes from knowing that one is loved by God and from the desire to respond to that love. ~ John Paul II ~

Psalm 139 makes reference to the unborn life. The Catholic Women's Devotional Bible elaborates further by saying, "From the instant of conception, the child in the womb is in a relationship with God. Hidden to everyone else, the child is cherished by its Creator, who lovingly and 'wonderfully' fashions it [Psalm 139.13-16]. Each unborn child's death is first and foremost God's loss…. Abortion opposes God's creative action. It ends one phase of His special relationship with a human being who is sacred, called into existence by God as a unique person made in His image and likeness.

Women who have had abortions and suffered bitter regrets over what might have been are often caught up in a downward spiral of black despair. What have I done? There is no forgiveness for me. But Scripture says the exact opposite. 'The Lord is merciful and gracious…. He does not deal with us according to our sins' [Psalm 103.8.10]. Women who seek forgiveness from the God of unfailing love will surely find it – and will also find help to deal with the anguish that is an inescapable fruit of abortion."

This anguish is no small thing, because abortion is no small thing. The decision, often made hastily and under duress, is irrevocable, there is no way back. Like a rosebud nipped before it can bloom and display its beauty, new life has been snuffed out.

The Project Rachel Ministry is a ministry of hope and healing. Although it is under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, this ministry is offered to those of any faith; available to men and women impacted directly, or indirectly by abortion. This ministry invites the person to give God permission to heal their heart. We are all sinners. God disapproves of our deed, but He never stops loving us.

The story of the woman caught in adultery John 8.1-11 is a beautiful example of God's mercy. When the Scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman who has been caught in adultery before Jesus, they are prepared to stone her as the law of Moses commanded. How did Jesus respond? Jesus replied, "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." When they heard this, they went away, one by one and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus asked her "Woman, has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, sir." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on, do not sin again."

The Project Rachel Ministry is spiritual, post-abortion counselling, offered on an individual basis or during a weekend group retreat. This uniquely individual, healing journey of prayer, music, scripture and reflection includes the processing and release of pain, loss, grief, shame and anger. Healing is about forgiveness of others, of self, and experiencing God's mercy and forgiveness. The Project Rachel Ministry is a valuable resource of understanding, compassion and hope for anyone suffering from and still living with the aftermath of an abortion experience. Help is there for all who need it. One only needs to accept it.

For more information about the Project Rachel Ministry, call (403) 218-5504.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Project Rachel
Related Themes Bereavement Care Abortion Pastoral Care Life Issues

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