Oh Blood and water which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a font of mercy for us, I trust in You!
On this Divine Mercy Sunday the blessing of another article for the book "A Journey to Healing through Divine Mercy" on Aleteia. A big thank you to Kathryn Lopez!
Kathryn Jean Lopez | Apr 23, 2017
Interview with author of 'A Journey to Healing Through Divine Mercy'
Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than asked. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy.
This comes from Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s diary, laying out her inspirations about Divine Mercy.
Theresa Bonopartis quotes this early on in her new book, A Journey to Healing Through Divine Mercy. Because, of course, obtaining or participating in an abortion can be forgiven.
Bonopartis knows – she had one and has spent more than two decades helping other women in similar (hellish, she describes) circumstances find mercy and healing, since she has found her own in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: What does it mean to “stand at the foot of the cross” with women who come to your Entering Canaan ministry?
Bonopartis: Well, certainly that is where the people suffering from abortion are standing. At the foot of the cross with all its pain and misery and suffering. The abandonment, deceit, its betrayal, lack of love, all the aspects of the cross. The trick is to help them, to assure them, that surrendering themselves to His will, climbing on that cross with Christ; they will find not those things, but the victory over those things and the only love deep enough to heal that wound. His blood, His sacrifice, washes those things away.
It is to encourage them through coming to know the love and mercy of Christ to take that risk. To surrender to Him. Of course they also have to learn the dynamics of healing from abortion which we teach them in ministry, but ultimately it is to trust in His love enough knowing it is through it that we come to the Resurrection.
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