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Group promotes post-abortion healing in the Year of Mercy using powerful sculpture

The sculpture communicates that out of the pain can come forgiveness, reconciliation and healing through the Love and Mercy of God.
Fri Jan 29, 2016 - 6:33 pm EST
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January 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Young Slovakian sculptor Martin Hudacek has, perhaps better than any other artist, communicated post-abortion pain, mercy and forgiveness. His 2010 sculpture, "Memorial for Unborn Children," has been drawing attention throughout the world since its creation. 

Described as "Very beautiful!" by Pope Francis (http://www.chnonline.org/news/local-news/14385-gift-to-pope-carries-message-of-mercy), it has brought comfort and hope to those who have suffered the consequences of their abortions.  The sculpture communicates that out of the pain can come forgiveness, reconciliation and healing through the Love and Mercy of God.

Pope Francis' call for a Jubilee Year of Mercy has provided added stimulus to spread the need for and the possibility of post-abortion reconciliation and healing.  

One pro-life organization is urging concerned individuals to use the photo-image of the sculpture to create awareness of the damage abortion does not only to the child, but also to the mother, father, and all those involved in it, and to offer hope that healing is possible.

Family Life Council, Inc., a Wisconsin-based group with a long working relationship with the sculptor, Martin Hudacek, is encouraging churches, especially during the Year of Mercy, to display a small poster with the photo of the sculpture along with a message of where to seek healing. 

"Just ask your pastor to post the message in the back of church. It only takes 5 minutes. Then let the Holy Spirit do the rest," says Dan Zeidler of Family Life Council. "People need to be encouraged to seek sacramental reconciliation, and to learn that ministries like Project Rachel and Rachel's Vineyard can help one process the pain and begin to heal emotionally."

"Whenever we use the image we include referral to a ministry of healing such as Project Rachel or Rachel's Vineyard," says Zeidler. "This is important.  If people's hearts are touched by the sculpture, it is crucial to let those who are grieving know where they can go for help."

Family Life Council's website allows for free download of the message in different sizes, formats in both English and Spanish.www.4life4family.org/sculpture 

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The webpage also has additional information about the sculpture, including news stories about Pope Francis receiving a replica of the sculpture last October at the Vatican. 

One can also find information to order prayer cards with the image that can be distributed to friends, family, and through churches and in other ways.

Of course, promotion of the image through Facebook and other social media is encouraged.

It touches hearts," says Zeidler.  "It reaches people in a way words cannot. Spreading this image is truly an act of Mercy."


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