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Abortion is a very hot button issue.  I feel that it is very important to make some important distinctions.  On one side, there is the moral wrong of abortion and, accordingly, we pray for the protection of the life of the unborn.  We educate our brothers and sisters on the dignity of life.  On the other side, there is the traumatic experience of those who have been involved in an abortion.  Very few people would say that abortion is a good thing.   When encountering someone who has been involved in an abortion, a great deal of mercy is needed.  Mercy is manifested in forgiveness, God's desire to forgive in Christ; loving support; personal healing and acceptance.  Mercy is Divine Hospitality for those who embrace stewardship as a way of life.   

 

We use the same two-pronged response to other traumatic situations in life, such as my experience of the death of a teenager I once knew.  The person tragically died in an auto accident while texting.  No one in their right mind would have started admonishing those associated with this person about the evils of texting.  What was needed in this situation was a great deal of mercy, listening, crying and praying.  

 

There is a time for mercy (hospitality) and education (formation), which can only be navigated through prayer. For these reasons our parish families gathers in the church today for 12 hours of prayer from 9 am to 9 pm tonight.

 

Ad majorem Dei gloriam, 

Father John Jirak

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