Healing after Abortion
The May Respect Life focus is on Healing after Abortion
For our spiritual work of mercy, please join us as we pray during the month of May...
Lord of all Life,
You have entrusted us to the care of one another,
And called us to be one Body in Christ.
You call us to rejoice with those who rejoice,
And to weep with those who weep.
Hear our prayer today
For our brothers and sisters who have lost children to abortion.
Help us to understand
The pain that is in their hearts,
And to be a living sign to them
Of your welcome, your mercy, and your healing.
Help them to undergo with courage
The process of grief and the journey of healing.
Never allow them to feel alone;
Always refresh them with the presence of Your Spirit
And of their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Console them with the sure hope
That you love and care for their children.
Give them new strength,
That even while they grieve what they have lost,
They may look forward to all the good
That you still have in store for them.
Lord of healing and hope,
Give us all the forgiveness of our sins,
And the joy of your salvation.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
Source: Priests for Life
Our corporal work of mercy,
The suggested corporal work of mercy for those in parishes focuses on supporting our local Rachel’s Vineyard ministry. The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in the archdiocese will be held November 10, 11, 12, but the Rachel’s Vineyard team is already working behind the scenes preparing to minister & serve those who will come for Jesus’ healing. To assist them, the Respect Life Office is collecting gift bag to give to those on retreat. Suggested items include tissues, a votive candle, a journal/tablet, a pen, & a pretty bookmark — all in a nice gift bag. Also include any prayer offering you will make for them that we can include in our Spiritual Bouquet. An additional suggestion is to sponsor one who will make the November Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. This could be done as a group or a parish, & it may be a full ($170) or partial sponsorship.To arrange pick up of your donated gift bags or to learn more about how to sponsor a Rachel’s Vineyard retreatant, please email the Respect Life Office.
Public Information & Education
- Meeting idea
- Bulletin insert ideas
- Handouts (click links to order/download)
- Speakers' topics
- Project Rachel — help after an abortion for New Orleans area assistance contact Danna at 504-885-1141 ext. 25 or email
- Rachel’s Vineyard — post abortion healing retreats for local information contact Retreat Leaders -- email Melanie Baglow or call 504-710-6458 or email Pam Richard or call 504-460-9360
- Woman’s New Life Center — Post abortion counseling 504-831-3117
Prayer & Worship
Church Teaching on Post-Abortion Healing
From Evangelium Vitae (99):
“I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To the same Father and his mercy you can with sure hope entrust your child. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.”