We had a woman come to a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat who was very resistant. Her friend brought her on the retreat and encouraged her to stay. She was adamant saying, “I ain’t naming no baby.” She almost left 4 times. She finally softened and memorialized her baby by naming her, “Angel Star.” I ran into her friend recently, the one who brought her on the retreat, she shared that the woman had heard a baby crying every night before that retreat. After the retreat the baby stopped crying. Sadly, she shared, the woman passed away recently. That gave me pause.
So, that is the call, to bring these days of prayer and healing to Brighton. The core team is very devoted and each of us feel called to walk with our brothers and sisters as we offer monthly support through prayer before the blessed Sacrament, fellowship, small group meetings a meal and opportunity to memorialize the children. We will advertise and collaborate with all other post abortion healing groups.The days of prayer and healing are for women, but we can expand to men, siblings, and even grandparents eventually. We will do this by bringing the Entering Canaan ministry to Michigan. It was written by my friend Theresa Bonopartis and the Sisters of Life. The ministry is on the USCCB and approved for post abortion healing. It is “A Sacramental Journey to the Inheritance of Mercy.”