She said her abortion was 26 years ago and it was the best thing she’d ever done. Can you image living as long as she has and the only grand achievement she can claim for herself was having an abortion two and half decades ago?

She even remembered she was 40 days gestation at the time she terminated her pregnancy. Someone who is unaffected by something does not remember those types of details. Despite her forced smile and false enthusiasm for abortion, it was plain to see her pain. That pain also has a way of physically altering our appearance as well.

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Fathr Benedict Groschel: What to do when “hurt” by people in the Church.

We’ve all been hurt by people in the Church, even those in authority. When this happens, the first thing to do is to calm down. In fact, that’s a good rule when you get hurt by anyone. Take a walk and calm down. The Irish have a saying, “Take counsel with your pillow”, which means to sleep on it. Then ask yourself, when you calm down, “Is this really my problem? Did I expect too much from mortal human beings? Am I looking for something in the Church that legitimately I may hope for?” The answer is probably “Yes.” It was reasonable, even just. But I cannot absolutely demand kind and faithful treatment, because Jesus Christ himself did not find this in the Church he established. As we have seen, the Church has always been made up of weak individuals. When we are hurt by the Church we recognize that the problem is that “the Church” can be very inconsistent. The people in the Church can be nice one day and bad the next. Even on the same day and in the same parish, there are those who can be terribly charitable and terribly unkind.

Next I ask myself the question, “Am I overly dependent on the Church? Has my reliance on Church people caused me not to rely enough on God and his Son?” You know, many people have very positive experiences in the Church. They work for the Church, and it’s been a very positive experience. They went to a Catholic school, and they learned a lot. They were part of a committee or a movement or something in the Church, and it was the most positive thing they ever did in their whole lives. They think that’s going to last forever. That’s what you call a honeymoon, and it doesn’t last. All things pass away. Don’t depend on a particular part of the Church. Depend on God.

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Thanks to Matt C. Abbott