This is a short excerpt from this past Sunday's homily.
Last Thursday night we had a Parish Council meeting and somebody asked the question, “Is our parish seen as a place where a family contemplating seeking an abortion might come to seek council?”
Wow, what a question. It made me stop and think.
I looked up some surveys online and the general gist is that women who have had abortions say they didn’t approach fellow church goers or their pastors because they feared they would be looked down upon.
Wow again. That kind of stings.
As a Church we provide help for those experiencing unexpected pregnancies. Parishes raise funds for and volunteer at pregnancy clinics. We provide resources and counseling for those who choose life. As a Church we provide counseling for mothers who had abortions and who are now grieving. But in the very teeth of this action, can we love as God chooses to love us even with all of our faults and failings? Whereas we can ever approve, assist, or give permission for this drastic act, can we none-the-less be seen as non-condemnatory and loving to the point that someone so desperate that they are contemplating having an abortion may see each and every one of us as a person to approach for prayer and guidance?
To lead them back to the God who loved them even before they were knit together in their Mother’s womb?