A Journey to Healing Through Divine Mercy

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'She Led Me Every Step of the Way to Her Son'

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Longtime Marian Helper Theresa Bonopartis, foundress of the Entering Canaan post-abortive healing ministry, is the author of the recently released A Journey to Healing Through Divine Mercy: Mercy After Abortion (Marian Press, 2016). A parishioner at St. Gregory the Great in Harrison, New York, Theresa shared with us why Our Lady has been so important in her life and her work with our post-abortive brothers and sisters.

Tell us your testimony.
I got pregnant at 17. I was afraid to tell my father. When I did tell him, he kicked me out of the house and disowned me. I had no job, no home, no money. I then was coerced into an abortion. It was pre-Roe vs. Wade, but legal in New York. I was in a hospital alone. No one told me about the development of my baby or what was about to happen. It was a saline abortion, which burns your baby to death and puts you into labor, and then you give birth to a dead child. I actually saw my son. It is hard to imagine anything worse, or even that we allowed such a thing.

I lived in the pits of hell for years after that, hating myself for allowing it to happen. It was pure evil that left me deeply wounded and filled with self-hate, fear, and grief. I led a destructive life until I was touched by the mercy of God. I spent hours one night on the bathroom floor just repeating, "Jesus, I trust in You" over and over. At some point, it felt as though I had climbed on the Cross with Christ, and instead of pain, I felt a warm rush go through me. I knew He had healed me.

What role did Our Lady play in your post-abortive healing?
I believe she led me every step of the way to her Son that day on the bathroom floor. I truly know I am under her mantle. When I first went back to church, we were blessed to have a priest in our parish with a great devotion to Our Lady. He began a prayer group in which we studied St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary, and then those of us who so desired made our consecration. That was in 1988, and it changed my life. Since then, I renew my consecration each year and really try to live it out in the prayers I say, in the way I receive daily Communion, and, of course, in living my life each day.

She is and has been a part of my daily life for almost 30 years now through that consecration. Under the title of Our Lady of Czestochowa, she also was instrumental in the conversion of my father who had been the one to force me to abort. I did a daily novena to her for over 20 years for my dad. In the end, he received the Sacraments.

What do you share about Our Lady in your book?
She is there for us, always leading us to Jesus. She protects us and, like an earthly mother, scoots us back to the road when we stray. She also opens up to us so many graces. She knows more than us what we need, and what Mother does not give her children what they need? We, in turn, are called to give her all of our good works to use as she wants. I think the biggest message is trust: Trust in her love, that she will always bring us to Jesus, and that He cannot refuse her anything.

What's the best way for people to share your book with post-abortive brothers and sisters in Christ, or even with people who don't know Christ or His Church?
People can say they read the book without really even mentioning the person's abortion, but speak of how they found it to be healing. My priest friends have all said the meditations can really be for any sin. Then the person may get it.

Or they can even say that they read this interview. What they say does not have to be direct. It does not have to be judgmental, and never should be. People who have had abortions already know it was wrong. What people say about the sin of abortion should be healing and full of mercy and love without ever saying it was okay.

Order A Journey to Healing Through Divine Mercy online, or call 1-800-462-7426 and ask for code TH-MERBK.

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