Jesus speaks these words to every human being in every generation. He knows well that each of us is broken by sin and burdened by selfishness and past hurts. As St. Paul has written, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Yet we are saved “by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” You may be thinking, “I don’t deserve to be forgiven. My sins are too great!” Thankfully, God’s love is greater than all the sins of all time. Jesus offers his grace and forgiveness to every repentant heart. All we have to do is ask and begin to trust in his mercy.
As Pope John Paul II wrote: “No human sin can erase the mercy of God, or prevent him from unleashing all his triumphant power, if we only call upon him.” A great 20th-century apostle of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina, recorded in her Diary the consoling words of Jesus: I want “all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss of My mercy, because I want to save them all.” And He assured her that “the greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy.”
The misery of a soul grieving from abortion calls forth an outpouring of God’s mercy. Often those seeking confidential counseling have had more than one abortion. After an abortion, a woman may see herself as “worthless.” This feeling grows stronger if – as often happens – she and the baby’s father break off their relationship. If she becomes pregnant again, she may feel unworthy of being a mother, and fearful that she’d be a “bad mother,” unlovable and incapable of loving. So she has another abortion, and perhaps another, trapped in a cycle of despair and self-loathing. “The process of healing from abortion isn’t about who you are and what you’ve done; it is about who God is and what He’s done.”
Thankfully, through Project Rachel – the Catholic Church’s post-abortion healing ministry – women can find forgiveness and peace of heart through compassionate counseling and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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- What is Project Rachel?
- What is Post-Abortion Trauma?
- Project Rachel Activities
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What is Project Rachel?
Project Rachel is a confidential, post-abortion program overseen by Catholic Charities of Northern Colorado. Launched in 1991 as an archdiocesan program under the Archdiocese of Denver, administration for Project Rachel has since been moved to the main offices of Catholic Charities in Denver.
Since its beginning, hundreds of men and women have sought healing and reconciliation with God, the Church, themselves and their child.
Catholic Charities reaches out in this ministry on the premise that post-abortive parents have a right to grieve the loss of their child and work through their feelings of regret and guilt. Project Rachel reinforces the Catholic Church’s teachings on forgiveness and helps post-abortive parents return to full communion with Christ and His Church.
What is Post-Abortion Trauma?
Many people, women and men alike, suffer trauma following involvement in an abortion. It can manifest itself in many ways, including guilt, anxiety, depression, anniversary reactions and broken relationships.
Project Rachel Activities
Project Rachel provides individual counseling, either in person or by phone, and also coordinates a post-abortion support group, various healing Masses and retreats throughout the year. In addition, Project Rachel compassionately encourages participates to return to the sacraments, particularly reconciliation and the Eucharist.
Confidentiality is always respected. For help, or for more information, contact us at:
Write to us at:
Attn: Project Rachel //Regina Caeli Clinical Services
8 West Dry Creek, Suite 206
Littleton, CO 80120