Friday, April 1, 2016

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities: April Intercession: Healing after Abortion


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Praying for Life: April 2016
May all who suffer after abortion receive peace through Christ’s Sacred Heart. 


Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Recalling our sins, we may feel discouraged and fearful of approaching God. However, we can cling to the truth that Christ’s Passion on the Cross did not end in death, but in the joy of the Resurrection. The power of the Resurrection gives us the courage to face our sins, confess our mistakes, and then humbly receive God’s forgiveness and accept the joy that comes with new life in Christ.

As we celebrate the Sunday of Divine Mercy this weekend and continue our journey through this Easter season, let us reflect upon the profound and transformative gift of God’s mercy in our lives. May the infinite depth and breadth of Christ’s Divine Mercy remind us that no wound is too great for God to heal. 

Acts of Reparation (choose one)
  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all who suffer after abortion—that they may experience peace through Christ’s Sacred Heart. (See additional information on Divine Mercy.)
  • Reflect on the Mass readings for the Sunday of Divine Mercy. How is God speaking to you?
  • Encounter Christ’s ready forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and then continue to place your trust in God’s mercy with this short prayer.

One Step Further
If a friend confided that she had an abortion, would you be able to respond in a way that brings her closer to healing? “How to Talk to a Friend Who’s Had an Abortion” gives suggestions for how you can be a channel of God’s mercy.

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available:

Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number: 888-456-HOPE(-4673) or visit 
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