While thousands of Canadians are preparing to participate in the National March for Life to be held in
There is Barbara who is approaching death. She is 84 and for decades has carried the burden of her secret . . . There is also Kathy who at 50 is unable to shake her depression . . . And Jessica who just celebrated her 32nd birthday but continues to struggle with her drug addiction . . . and finally Chloe who is only 17 but no longer believes in love with a capital L . . .
Each of these women (with fictional names), without knowing it, carries the deep wound of an abortion they had voluntarily or pressured by a relative or boyfriend. According to Pope Francis this is a “profoundly unjust” . . . “moral and existential ordeal”. This is why, during this Jubilee, he has extended to all the priests of the world “the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with a contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it” (September 1, 2015 letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella).
Who among us does not know at least one woman who has had an abortion? This is not a question of judging or condemning, but rather of reaching out to them during this Jubilee Year of Mercy in order to bring them to the Physician of souls – Christ, who is full of love and compassion. Let us be more attentive to their silent cry and their forbidden suffering. There could be no greater spiritual work of mercy than to bring one’s mother, one’s sister, friend or colleague to the Sacrament of Reconciliation where Christ awaits them, longing to extend his healing and forgiveness.
So let us walk on May 12 in solidarity with the unborn children who ask only to be born.