The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth And Post Abortion Healing
…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…” The Gospel of Life #99
As we approach the Feast of Pentecost on May 31, we are reminded of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. In an instant, men who had been hiding in the upper room, filled with fear and shame, became courageous disciples, proclaiming the Gospel throughout the region. The gifts of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, knowledge, counsel, understanding, courage, reverence, and fear of the LORD allowed them to step outside of themselves, and the life of Christ to live in them, enabling them to see and live in truth, trusting that His Spirit would guide them.
In the Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul II calls those of us who are post abortive to live in truth as well, “try to understand what happened and face it honestly”, but doing this is impossible if we do not know the love of Jesus Christ and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Abortion is just too horrific to look at without the light of His love. Like the apostles before the coming of the Holy Spirit, we too are fearful, and so we hide in our self made “upper rooms” of our abortions, full of shame and afraid to stand in the truth.
It is only through the life of Christ and His Spirit that we receive the courage and understanding we need to work through our healing and proclaim the truth of abortion. As we grow in our faith and healing, we begin to step out in trust. We learn God does not let us down, as perhaps many, including ourselves, did when we chose abortion, including ourselves. We come to realize He is Truth and Mercy Himself, and His peace begins to dwell in us. Each gift of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, becomes a new opportunity for us to face our sinfulness in the light of the love of God and to grow not only in healing but in our relationship with Him. It is not always easy. The ploys of the devil still attempt to create doubt in God’s mercy and forgiveness, but if you continue to trust in spite of what you feel, you will soon come to find the truth never lets you down and the truth, who is Jesus Christ Himself, will set you free. So, “Do not give in to discouragement and do not loose hope”. (The Gospel of Life). The hope of Christ, who freed us from our sins, even our sin of abortion, is there for each one of us through the gifts of His Holy Spirit.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
knowledge wisdom counsel piety fortitude
understanding fear of the Lord