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Overcoming Darkness with the Light of Love

“I have often drawn attention to the fact that in woman is contained, as it were, the final word of God, our Creator. For womanhood denotes the future of man. Womanhood denotes motherhood, and motherhood is the first form of entrustment of one man to another. The word “entrustment” is especially important here. ‘God wants to give another person to you’ means that God wants to entrust that other person to you. And to entrust means that God believes in you, trusts that you are capable of receiving the gift, that you are capable of embracing it with your heart, that you have the capacity to respond to it with a gift of yourself.” – Saint John Paul the Great

Every new life, from the moment of conception, is gift from God. Every woman whom He chooses to entrust with His precious gift has become, by God’s choice, a mother.

God is not in acts of violence… His Heart is always saddened and His justice enflamed when men choose to do evil, abuse their free will, and rape His beloved daughters.

When pregnancy results from rape, whether the perpetrator is married to, known by, or a stranger to the victim, God does not condone the violent act but He is also not a silent passive by-stander. He places hope and healing in the very core of the suffering, the “scene of the crime.”

The baby within the victim’s, now mother’s, womb has come straight from the loving hands of the Father… the Creator and Giver of all perfect gifts. He gives Love to heal the wounds of lust and violence. He entrusts His beloved daughter with a new life she can feel growing and blooming within. This new life, pure love, is gift not punishment and nurturing this life is how we overcome darkness and violence with Light and Love. Love begets Love.

The overcoming of the darkness, violence, and evil of rape is always a battle, a painful soul exhausting fight. When pregnancy is the result of violence, choosing to accept God’s gift of new life does not mean this battle will be any easier. Accepting God’s gift of new life does mean, however, that there will not be a second battle to fight: the battle to overcome the darkness, violence and evil of abortion.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:5

A closing prayer: Father God, pull into Your embrace this day each of our sisters impacted by the violence and deep violation of rape. Lord we grieve the ways that rape violates our sisters’ dignity and sense of self-worth. We grieve the way rape violates Your Truth that each of Your children is never to be used as a means for another’s selfish gratification. Lord Jesus come with Your healing grace. Nourish our sisters’ hearts and minds with Your truth and cast out all lies and feelings of unworthiness or uncleanliness. Shower them (me) with Your love, pouring upon them (me) Your cleansing and purifying Living Water. Fill them (me) with Your Peace and every grace needed to accept the gift of new life which You have entrusted to them (me). Stay by their (my) side every step of the way. We pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Laura Ercolino

Laura is an Expressive Arts Facilitator and contributing writer for Catholic healing ministries. She has experienced the healing power of creativity in her own journey and feels called to share her creative talents and story so that other women may also experience hope and healing.

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