Project Rachel: Healing Journey to Peace after Abortion

Shirley Smith, BSW MA RSW

Project Rachel is a healing journey of hope and forgiveness for anyone impacted directly or indirectly by the loss of a child through abortion. Although individual counselling is available, retreats are also offered for those seeking a safe place to work through their loss, grief and anger in a group experience. A retreat gives you the opportunity to hear how others have experienced similar feelings associated with abortion and how they have tried to cope. You discover that you are not alone and someone else understands your pain.

A retreat offers several steps of healing. Through the sharing of your personal story, you are able to examine your story, to come to a sense of forgiveness from God, to give that forgiveness to yourself and others, to connect with your lost child, to bond and to say good-bye for now, to move on with your life restored to the person God wants you to be. In this interactive group setting, you heal emotions that have been wounded. You remove anger and replace it with love; resentment, with kindness; despair, with joy; and fear, with peace.

Bishop Robert Barron once said, “God is much more interested in your future than in your past. We have a God who ‘makes all things new’ and in that we find hope.”

In John’s Gospel, he tells the story of the woman caught in adultery. The scribes and the Pharisees are preparing to stone the woman. Bishop Barron stated, “In one of the great one-liners of the entire Bible … Jesus disarms them by saying, ‘Let the one among you, who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her’ [John 8:7]. … At this prompting, they drifted away, one by one, until Jesus was left alone with the woman.”

Bishop Barron continued, “Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.’ [John 8:11]. How rich is that little word ‘go’? Again, what is being emphasized is the future, not the past, on what lies ahead, instead of what lies behind.”

A Project Rachel retreat is an incredible healing journey where you will experience the healing grace and inner peace of God. So… go! Call (403) 218-5506, for more information and visit www.projectrachelsa.ca.

Related Offices Carillon Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Project Rachel
Related Themes Abortion

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