Skip to content

Year of the Priest: Issuing God's Invitation, Offering God's Healing

By Theresa Bonopartis
3/5/2010 (7 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

I remember thinking: 'Can this be true? Did I hear him correctly? Can God really forgive abortion?' That Priest was God's instrument. 

It was through the words of that priest that hope was born in me.

It was through the words of that priest that hope was born in me.

Highlights

By Theresa Bonopartis
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/5/2010 (7 years ago)

Published in U.S.


BRONX, NY (Catholic Online) - When I witness to my healing from the effects of abortion, I tell the story of when my older son was seven and ready to make his First Penance. At a meeting for the parents, a priest talked about God's mercy and His desire to forgive any sin, even the sin of abortion.

I remember thinking: "Can this be true? Did I hear him correctly? Can God really forgive abortion?" After years of suffering, it seemed a foreign thought. However, that evening I left with the first ray of hope I had known in years.

It took time and courage, but I contacted that priest and asked him to hear my confession. The priest was gentle, leading me through the commandments and into the arms of Jesus. He showed great empathy and support. At last, I was on my way home.

I began to see that priest regularly for spiritual direction. At first, all I knew was darkness. It was an effort to do the things he asked of me, like examining my life. I was sure I would uncover what a terrible person I was, but tired of the depression that had become my constant companion, I decided to try. I began going to daily Mass, and spent time before the Blessed Sacrament. I needed so badly to trust in this God I had been told was so good.

I understand now that the fullness of healing must come in God's time, but it was through the words of that priest that hope was born in me. His invitation to the mercy of God was something I had been waiting to hear for years. Instead of the hell I was sure I was heading for because of my abortion, he opened the door to the possibility of heaven.

If you speak to other women and men who are post abortive, you are sure to hear similar stories. The power of the priest to invite, through his words, someone lost in the despair of abortion, back into union with the church through its sacraments.

As a man from one of our retreats relates: "As I sat in a pew in of the church listening to the priest, I started to feel myself opening up to God in a way I never had before. ..  It was clear to me that this was the man I needed to speak to about the guilt and shame that had eaten through every aspect of my life for a decade and a half. 

"When at last I sat with him, it was difficult to tell the story I had buried so deeply.  As I spoke, I watched him, waiting for a look of condemnation to creep onto his face.  It didn´t.  .. As we talked more, he helped me to understand in a real way the very grave nature of what I had been a party to; at the same time, though, he uncovered for me a path of healing on which I could be accompanied by a loving and compassionate God, and he gave me the one thing that had been completely absent from my life for years—he gave me hope." (Michael) Or a woman: "I remember going on an Entering Canaan retreat with such depression and anxiety, but everyone was so welcoming, so warm, compassionate and merciful.  I sensed peace all around me.  I am so blessed Father was there that day with the perfect words that  would change my ideas and beliefs for the rest of my life. .. Seeing how badly broken I was Father compassionately talked to me.  I told him how afraid I was of God and that He was going to severely punish me, then Father asked me, "When you think of Jesus what do you think of?" I said, "He is all love and compassion, I can´t even express with words how I feel about his love." Father responded, "He is God, Jesus is God. That is exactly what Jesus is.  He is all love and compassion.  God is not a revengeful God.  He is a merciful God. Our sins can never be greater then His mercy.  He knows how sorry you are, and He has forgiven you." Those words full of love and kindness were fundamental for my spiritual and physical healing. Thank you Father!" Maria To be sure, our priests are our means of reconciling those lost through abortion back into the arms of Christ through His sacraments. May this Lenten season in The Year of the Priest see the return of countless souls. ----- Theresa Bonopartis is the Director of "Lumina/Hope & Healing after Abortion", 1-877-586-4621, lumina@postabortionhelp.org and the Co-Developer, "Entering Canaan" post abortion ministry.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JANUARY 2018
Religious Minorities in Asia.
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.


Comments


More U.S.

The nuns who witnessed the life and passing of Dr. King Watch

Image of

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be the first without Sister Mary Antona Ebo, the only black Catholic nun who marched with civil rights ... continue reading


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Christian Leader and Human Rights Champion Watch

Image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Christian Leader

This January, the annual March for Life will take place once again in Washington, DC. On January 15th we commemorate a great Christian ... continue reading


Cardinal DiNardo on MLK: Americans must return to the fight against racism Watch

Image of Cardinal DiNardo spoke out against racism on behalf of the USCCB.

Americans must recommit to the fight against racism through love and faith, said the head of the U.S. bishops' conference in the days ... continue reading


Mudslides kill 15, injure 25 in fire-ravaged California Watch

Image of A woman is rescued by firefighters. At least 15 are dead, and search and rescue efforts are ongoing.

Rain-triggered mudslides have killed 15 people and injured dozens of others in fire-ravaged California. The town of Montecito appears ... continue reading


Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord: We Can Become an Epiphany of God Watch

Image of Byzantine Icon depicting the Baptism of the Lord, the great Theophany

We are invited on this Feast to live our lives in the Theophany of the God who is a Trinitarian communion of Perfect love. The Christian ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.