Thus says the LORD:
In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning, of bitter weeping! Rachel mourns her children, she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more.
Thus says the LORD:
Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward...there is hope for your future.
Be at peace. Do not be afraid.
Project Rachel is the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church. This ministry provides compassionate one-on-one care to those who are struggling with the aftermath of abortion. Through the guidance of trained facilitators, peers and clergy, it is designed to provide confidential and skilled help to each individual who comes to this ministry.
Immaculate Heart of Mary's Project Rachel is not a ministry of its own. It is part of a national effort and has a national network referral system through NOPARH--the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconcilliation and Healing.
Project Rachel is able to help women and men; parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and others whose lives have been impacted by an abortion loss.
We are a forgiving church!!
This message is particularly important since many, who obtain abortions, wrongly believe they've committed the unforgivable sin and therefore do not seek our Lord's unlimited mercy and love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
From March 25, 1995
"The Gospel of Life"
eleventh encyclical of Pope John Paul II
I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. 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. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life.
If you are struggling with the aftermath of abortion, there is help for you and your loved ones through Project Rachel. Please contact Toni Rogers at 505-231-4172 for more information concerning this healing ministry.
NOPARH--The National Office of Post-Abortion Reconcilliation and Healing
Toll Free Referral Line 1-800-5WE-CARE
Hope After Abortion
Toll Free Hotline 1-877-Hope 4 ME (877-467-3463)
Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Office of Social Justice