“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (v. 11). – Ephesians 6:10–13
Respect Life monthRespect Life Month can be a difficult time for those who have had an abortion. The horror of abortion seems to be everywhere but the mercy of God for those who have participated in them is often not mentioned. Unfortunately, although things have improved greatly, that still happens a lot. A lot of people, clergy included, just do not know how to speak on this topic and there are those who feel that speaking about Gods mercy for such a sin somehow is saying it is okay, but no one knows more than those who have had abortions that it is far from okay.
One of the things the devil uses to keep us from healing is the thought that we are unforgivable. He would love us to turn from the church and run from God. Most us of already did that to no avail. Many people are focused on “saving babies,” a good thing, but sadly there is not enough attention to “saving souls” and many are left with their feelings of being “unforgivable” not only confirmed, but intensified along with their feelings of guilt and shame.
However, the truth is that abortion is not the “unforgivable sin,” and for all that is lacking there are many great priests and clergy ministering to those who suffer from abortion, as well as some wonderful ministries out there to assist in healing.
The truth is we are all sinners, but the other truth is, Jesus came into this world to call sinners. Over and over in the bible we are shown His love for sinners and His mercy for them. As St. Augustine says, “for the ones who love God, all things work for good, even sin.”
Of course, this does not mean the sin itself is ever good. Abortion is always wrong. But, in spite of the sin, God can bring out great good. I know this is true from my own experience. God has used my aborted son Joshua to bring me to Mercy Himself and I know countless others for which this has happened.
‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
So, put on your armor just in case you need it. See yourself in truth, a sinner in need of God’s mercy, but also that Mercy Himself loves you, came and died for our sins, even our sin of abortion. He is right there with you and will not let you down.
In the words of Jesus Himself to St. Faustina…
“Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy.”
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