You may know of my recent interview by Paul Murano with Church Militant about Abortion Aftermath. Perhaps you read it in Church Militant’s newsletter. If you missed it read it here.
I contacted Church Militant about the interview, out of frustration, to be quite honest. WHY? Because as a post-abortive woman and Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat facilitator, it’s simply a struggle to get the word out about abortion healing. Every time our team gears up for another retreat, we struggle with our state’s parishes to add the information to their church bulletin. I hear all kinds of excuses for why they can’t put a small announcement in their bulletin or display flyers in their church.
Less than 3% of all the parishes in Indiana will cooperate, and we are very thankful for those few parishes who help spread the word about an upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.
On a rare occasion when abortion is talked about from the pulpit, it’s usually during the month of January. January is designated the ProLife month and Walk for Life, due to the legislative passing of Roe vs Wade on January 22nd, 1973. However, how about the other 11 months during the year?
The abortion stories that are rarely told are the stories of profound suffering from the post-abortive mothers and fathers. Whenever I tell my abortion story, I usually hear I should be behind bars, damned to hell, and publicly shamed. These condemnations usually come from married couples who struggle with infertility and pray daily to conceive. I get why they condemn me.
But the more dangerous quiet resistance comes from judgment within our Catholic parishes, who simply refuse to find the room or the need to include post-abortion healing retreat announcements. Yes…I’m saying there is an underlying bias against our ministry to help post-abortive women and men!
I’ve made the phone calls to the parishes asking for support to find room for our announcement. I’ve heard the squirming and excuses for why it’s not possible. I’ve seen the ”feel-good” announcements that are allowed. I GET abortion is icky and sensitive but there is an outreach that is so needed.
Here’s why….1 in 4 women in the USA has had an abortion. Think about the millions of broken lives walking this earth, with souls that live in regret, shame, and self-condemnation. Sitting in the pews of your parish, there are possibly dozens of women right next to you that have had an abortion, suffering in silence, scared to death you may find out their worse sin.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats help women and men deal with Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome by giving them tools to start their healing journey, through the grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
If you’re reading this and you live in Indiana or the surrounding states, could you please share or pass out our next retreat flyer by clicking here. Any help you can give us, we so appreciate.
It will be held March 13-15th, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. See the information below.