Lent & God’s Mercy
I love this season of Lent, a time that speaks of Gods great love and mercy for us. A love that died on the cross to pay for our sins, each individual one of us.
Yes, even the sin of abortion.
There are so many beautiful prayers in our church this time of year. One of my favorites is this Eucharistic Prayer of Reconciliation: “God of love and mercy you are always ready to forgive…we are sinners and you invite us to trust in your mercy”. He invites us…he does not force us or command us, he invites us! He tells us His Mercy is there, but no pressure…it is up to us if we chose to accept the invitation.
It is hard to internalize God’s mercy…we may hear about it, but people who have experienced abortion we often think it is there for everyone but us. That abortion is the unforgivable sin, but is it? Of course not, no sin is unforgivable to God. We must never put a limit on God’s mercy if we are truly sorry for what we have done.
Jesus told St Faustina: “No sin, even a corruption abyss, will exhaust my Mercy”.We keep waiting for a “feeling”, or the disappearance of the consequences of our abortions, but accepting Mercy and trusting in Christ’s forgiveness has nothing to do with what we feel. Instead, it is a “knowing” that gives us the strength to move forward, to learn about the many dynamics surrounding post abortion and to fight through the battles of healing believing that Jesus is right beside us because He said He would be and He has forgiven us.
For over 25 years I have had the privilege of working with those who have experienced abortion. I have been blessed to see young people and women as old as 93. I have had women with one abortion and women with multiple abortions, and I have been witness to many miracles of His Mercy as I have watched them come to healing and wholeness.
In the end healing is not about who we are and what we have done, but about who He is and what He has done…died on the cross for our sins.
Come Home to His Mercy this Lent!