One of the most important and beautiful ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston and our Pro-Life Office is Project Rachel.
Take some time to view this great interview conducted at CatholicTV by Sr. Marian Batho (Delegate for religious) and Marianne Luthin (Dorector of Pro-Life Office) a couple of years back: http://www.projectrachelboston.com/video.htm
Entrusted in a special way with the mission to share the compassionate love of Jesus Christ for all people, Project Rachel is a ministry of healing and reconciliation for post-abortion women and men.
The ministry of Project Rachel is guided by the words of the late Pope John Paul II written to women who have had abortions:
“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. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.”
*From the encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), n. 99.
Anyone looking to learn more can call, email, or write Project Rachel for referral to a priest or counselor. All contacts will be kept in strict confidence. Project Rachel is there to: listen, answer your questions, pray for you, and to help in any way we can
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