Days of Prayer & Healing: Testimonies
“I was able to go to confession for my abortion for the first time in more than 30 years. I finally found the healing mercy of God.” – Jane
“I am no longer alone. After 29 years of silence, shame, fear, regret, and pain I reached out. The Day of Prayer and Healing marked a new beginning in my life. Being in the presence of other women who shared the experience of abortion, I was lifted up and found the support I needed.” -Allison
“Once I had the courage to call, my journey of healing began. I found more peace and joy than I ever could have imagined possible. I want anyone who is suffering to know that His mercy is much bigger than our mistakes.” – Anna
“For so long I defined myself by my abortions. It affected all my thinking. After confession and the Day of Prayer and Healing, I learned that I am defined by God’s infinite love for me.” -Eileen
Days of Prayer and Healing: Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be judged for what I have done?
Absolutely not! The Sisters and those who attend are the Days of Prayer and Healing are eager for you to experience the mercy of God.
What if I have not been to confession? Will there be an opportunity to confess my abortion(s)?
Yes, there will be a priest available for confession. The priests who assist on the Days of Prayer and Healing are sensitive to the fear and pain you may be experiencing and wish to be instruments of God’s mercy. If it has been a long time since you have been to confession, you may have forgotten how to do so. The priest will assist you and guide you through confession.
Saint Pope John Paul II spoke to women who have had abortions and encouraged them, “If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” (EV99)
What if I’ve had more than one abortion?
God’s mercy is infinite and He never tires of forgiving us. Jesus said to St. Faustina, “The greater the sinner the greater right he has to my mercy.” We stake our lives on the truth that God is merciful. He is a loving Father who never rejects anyone who comes to Him.
I am not Catholic. Can I still attend a Day of Prayer and Healing?
Yes! All are welcome.
I have been to confession for my abortion(s) but I don’t feel forgiven. Is there hope for me to move beyond this?
Yes, you have cause for great hope, God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. The journey of healing normally takes place over time. Attending a Day of Prayer and Healing or another retreat is an opportunity to experience deeper healing. Retreats often allow the space and opportunity for profound encounters with God’s mercy.
What if I have never told anyone about my abortion, is it confidential?
The day is completely confidential. We do not discuss the day outside of the gathering. We ask all who participate to honor this confidentiality. It is a very safe and healing environment.
Is it possible for me to find forgiveness and peace after my abortion(s)?
Peace often comes in abandoning ourselves to God’s loving care. God desires for us to experience His mercy and forgiveness. Through confession and the retreat program, it is our hope that you will find the peace you have sought. “A contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.” (Psalm 51:19)
I am afraid I may become very emotional, should I still come?
It is completely normal and healthy to feel deeply, to cry, and to show emotions in the context of the Day of Prayer and Healing. The days are designed so that you will feel safe and free to show emotions. You may want to speak to a Sister about this when you register.
Is there a fee for the day?
There are no fees, free will offerings are gratefully accepted.
How do I find out the time and location of the Day of Prayer and Healing?
The day begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. Since the days are hosted at different locations, the Sister will let you know the location for the date you would like to attend.
What if I don’t feel like sharing or talking with anyone?
That is completely fine. There is no pressure to speak. There is much to be gained by being part of a group and listening to others.
I don’t know if a group setting is best for me, are there other options for healing?
Every journey of healing is as unique as each individual soul. The Sisters are able to help each woman discern and discover a plan for healing. The Sisters are also available to meet individually with women or to speak over the phone on a regular basis.
After I attend a Day of Prayer and Healing will there be more opportunities for healing?
Yes, the Sisters also host monthly gatherings and weekend retreats. They are also available for regular follow-up phone calls and meetings.
If you have more questions or would like to be in touch with the Sisters of Life we can be reached at 866.575.0075 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For other testimonies and information, visit http://postabortionhelp.org/pah/