“I had an abortion.”
This morning as I was editing a photo for Made in His Image’s social media, I typed the caption, 40 years. 55 million casualties. 110 million wounded parents. I paused. I know some of those 110 million parents. I carry them in my thoughts and prayers today in a special way. Then one asked, I had an abortion, how does God see me?
Now I’m not a theologian or apologist, and while I strive for holiness, I have certainly not gotten there. But I do know one thing, I know of the Father’s love. I could never fully comprehend the depths of His love, for that is beyond our capacity. But I have seen it. I have felt it. And that is how I know that God loves you. And there is no hesitation in that fact.
Last month I spoke to a man who had committed a horrific crime. He asked me how God could ever forgive him for what he had done. I told him that God the Father sent His only Son into the world to die on a cross so that he could tell God his worst sin. And this is true for all of God’s children. Yes, you too.
You see, no matter what you have done, God died for that sin and He yearns to lavish His love and mercy upon you. He just wants you to surrender and come to Him, so He can set you free. He has grace to bestow upon you, He just wants you to lay it at His feet. Nothing gives God greater pleasure than the joy of being our Savior. And that’s what He desires to do for you. Will you let Him?
Graham Greene once said, You cannot conceive, nor can I, of the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God. I love to ponder the mercy of God because it reminds me that we can do nothing without Him. But when we let Him in, He replaces our shame with His glory. I use to have a twisted conception of God the Father. I thought He only loved us if we did something good. Or that He would take away His love if I did something wrong and that He was out to get me. But that’s not true. He could never and will never take away His love, because that would be against His very nature as loving Father. He just…loves. And He desires to pour His love on you.
There is hope. There is healing. There is mercy. There is forgiveness. And the source of all of these is God the Father. Saint Faustina is one of my favorite saints. God revealed to her in a mystical way His greatest attribute: His mercy. He told her, Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand in the world, all would be drowned in the immeasurable depths of My mercy. How beautiful? And I want to lovingly encourage you to write down that passage and take it to adoration or prayer and meditate on those exquisite words.
A simply answer to that question is that God loves you. And He wants to turn your struggle into something beautiful! He forgives you. No sin could ever cause God to cease loving you. We are not the sum of our failures, but the sum of our Father’s love. – Blessed John Paul II