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Month: April 2019

Mary Magdalene and the Apostle Peter – Perfect Saints for Women and Men Who Have Experienced Abortion

Mary Magdalene and the Apostle Peter – Perfect Saints for Women and Men Who Have Experienced Abortion

July 22nd is the Feast Day of St Mary Magdalene. Contrary to the common misconception, Mary (from the town of Magdala,) was not the other Mary of scripture identified as a prostitute.  Mary Magdalene was a woman of some financial means, as she was in a position to contribute money to support the ministry of Jesus and the Apostles. In Luke 8:1-3 we read that at the start of Jesus’s ministry: “The twelve were with Him, and also some women…

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Mary Magdalene and the Apostle Peter – Ideal Saints for Women and Men Hurting After Abortion

Mary Magdalene and the Apostle Peter – Ideal Saints for Women and Men Hurting After Abortion

I just completed a Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend for healing after abortion loss, where I served as team counselor.  The retreat process features special scripture meditations, the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, and exercises that lead women and men to a deep emotional and spiritual healing. I was struck how each participant drew closer to Jesus as the meditations and exercises helped them express their pain, shame, anger and fear. In the growing safety and solidarity of the group, and empowered…

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