Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
2 Sm 5:1-7, 10/Mk 3:22-30
A woman had had an abortion when she was in her early twenties. Because of it she felt guilty and unworthy of standing before God. She did not feel she could ask for forgiveness and lived for many years angry with herself and with the Church.
Later, she heard the message that priests could forgive anyone this sin, as long as the person was repentant. She finally admitted to herself that she was indeed sorry for what she had done. She wondered how she could ever forgive herself, but went to confession anyway. She was told that God forgave her and that she must also forgive herself. The priest recommended that she seek out counseling or take part in a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. She finally accepted the word that God loves her and forgives her.
The only sin that God can’t forgive is the sin of not asking to be forgiven.
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