Forgiveness for Post-Abortive Mothers
                                                            Dan Lynch

Pope Francis wrote a letter dated September 1 to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, regarding forgiveness for the sin of abortion.

The Pope wrote, “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.” Read more here.

This merciful forgiveness would extend to repentant mothers of aborted children, as well as the repentant fathers, mothers’ or fathers’ parents or friends, doctors and their assistants who were directly involved with the sin of abortion.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, through her Missionary Image, has melted the hearts of many mothers who aborted their children and they have been healed from post abortion traumatic stress syndrome.

Cathy was a young mother who became pregnant in college. She was confused, hurt, misinformed and went to an abortion center for help. After being shuffled through some paperwork, tests and a “counselor”, she was told “It will be okay.” She was not counseled on the option of giving birth and adoption.
“It was not okay,” she said. “I felt a ripping torment, hurt and devastation beyond description for killing my baby. Days turned into months that turned into years and I continued to carry the burden of shame, grief and guilt for ten long years. Then I attended a Marian Conference as a free-lance journalist where a special blessing awaited me from Our Lady of Guadalupe through her Missionary Image. I went before her to pray and the next day I interviewed Dan Lynch for a newspaper report.”
“During the interview he talked about how Our Lady would stop abortion and I thought well that's just silly, it’s just an image. An image can’t stop abortion. So then, I asked Dan, 'Well, how is Our Lady going to do that? How does an image stop abortion?' ”      
“He replied, ‘She will melt hearts and the melted heart of a mother would never consider killing her innocent helpless child, she will reverence the life within her and bring it forth.’ At this point, I broke down crying and told Dan, ‘I had an abortion ten years ago. You are the first person in the whole world that I have told. I named my son Joshua and I have asked him to forgive me.’ I couldn't believe that I had shared it with him because I had shared it with no one at all that this had happened. Our Lady placed in my heart God’s mercy."
“Dan quickly arranged for me to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist that day for the first time since my abortion. I felt great joy for responding to Our Lady’s call to come back to the Sacred Heart of her Son and His holy Church.”
A few years later, Cathy married and became pregnant. Her doctor told her that her placenta was damaged and that she would probably have a miscarriage. She called our apostolate and asked for prayers through Our Lady of Guadalupe. We prayed and when Cathy returned to her doctor, a sonogram showed a healthy placenta! She later gave birth to a healthy son, Alexander. Cathy is now a principal of a Catholic school.
You may view her testimony at the lower right hand corner here.

Pope Francis wrote, “The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option.”
“I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision,” the letter goes on to say. “I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father.”

May many post-abortive mothers and those who helped them to procure their abortions receive God’s merciful forgiveness in the sacrament of Confession. 
There is hope for their healing. You may wish to read my book, Teresita’s Choices, with a Foreword by Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life. It is a novel of post abortion life, healing and hope. You can find it here:
Please note that my links are provided for evangelization, not commercialization.
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