By RENEE WEBB
Those who have been wounded spiritually and emotionally by an abortion are invited to embark on a healing journey provided by a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.
For the first time, this retreat for post-abortive women and men will be held within the Diocese of Sioux City. The retreat is slated for July 28 to 30 and will be held at Domus Trinitatis in rural Carroll.
According to the local organizer, who wishes to remain anonymous due to the confidential nature of the process, Rachel’s Vineyard helps heal wounded hearts so the forgiveness of God can be embraced.
“It’s not a matter of Jesus forgiving them. It’s about them allowing the forgiveness and love to come into their heart and soul,” she said. “Because of the guilt, shame, secrets and darkness they keep themselves in, they often do not open themselves to receive forgiveness.”
The Rachel’s Vineyard retreat process was developed more than 20 years ago by Theresa Burke, Ph.D., and is currently offered in 48 states and about 40 countries.
The local organizer explained that great care is taken to ensure the same retreat process is used in every location. This retreat requires there to be a mental health professional – trained in post-abortive counseling – as part of the retreat team that also includes a priest and volunteers praying before the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel at Domus Trinitatis.
“The Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat offers a unique sensory-based treatment which integrates emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions. The healing journey uses creative ‘Living Scripture Exercises,’ and rituals…
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