By Kevin Burke, LSW
I would like to suggest a Lenten experience that will bless you abundantly, and change your life.
This will require humility, courage, and some sacrifice and pain.
But let me assure you, the blessings to you, your loved ones, and your relationship to God and the Church will continue to flow well after Lent ends – and into eternity.
Consider taking a deeper look into how abortion has touched your life.
This invitation is not only for the mother of a child lost to abortion. This is addressed to the fathers of aborted children; to grandparents who have lost grandchildren to abortion; to those countless friends and family who, like me, have been accomplices in the death of an innocent child in the womb.
You may have confessed this sin, and received the forgiveness of Christ and his Church. This is of course an essential first step.
But abortion is a complicated experience of loss. If you have been in any way responsible for (or unable to prevent) the death of a baby in the womb, be assured this has hurt you emotionally and spiritually. Often an abortion recovery program is needed to help women and men come to a deeper place of healing and peace.
Programs like Rachel’s Vineyard feature beautiful scripture meditations and special exercises that help you safely open up this painful event from the past. The weekend promotes healthy grieving, and participants experience a peace that only God can bring to the wounded soul.
Catholic retreats include Eucharistic adoration, Mass, and the sacraments of Reconciliation. Gathered with other women and men who have been hurt by abortion, and the guidance of an experienced and loving retreat team, you will experience the “Church at her very best.”
It is natural to feel anxiety about shining light on this dark shadow from the past. Don’t be afraid. You are not alone, and there is safe and confidential help for you. Take the next step.
[The testimony at the beginning of the blog is from Chuck and Linda Raymond. The couple shares about how an abortion loss they experienced as teenagers impacted their marriage, and how they came to attend a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend.
The one below is my testimony at the steps of the Supreme Court in January 2019 and my role as an accomplice in the death of a child in the womb.]
Have a blessed Lent!