“Impulsive decisions may lead to regret,” she cautioned. “We make the best choices when our hearts are calm. Take the time to study all facts and consider the pros and cons of each option. There is time to make a plan that will bring you to a place of freedom and to a decision you won’t regret.”
At the same time, she said, women should remember that they have support: “Heartache is caused by secret decisions,” she said, adding, “You are not alone.”
“Women facing an unexpected pregnancy may be embarrassed and ashamed,” she said. “The first inclination is to hide their ‘mistake,’ or to ‘take care of the problem,’ before anyone knows. This often leads to regret.”
She encouraged women to seek help.
“You are not alone in this journey,” Sr. Marie Veritas said. “Take time and allow us to connect you with those who have been in similar situations and who are willing to share their perspective.”
Speaking for the sisters, she wanted women to know, “We believe in your success.”
“You have plans for your life, and bringing a child into the world may not be part of those plans right now,” she said. “However, the mystery of new life within you can be empowering and a great source of motivation to finish school, have a career, and become the woman you were meant to be.”
While a pregnant woman might hear conflicting opinions, the sisters suggested, “Listen to what your heart says.”
“Everyone around you may have formed an opinion of what you should do,” the Sr. Marie Veritas said. “Cast aside the negative voices drowning out the truth of your goodness, your dignity as a woman, and your tremendous capacity to love. Let us help you discover what will bring the greatest joy to your heart.”
In other words, the sisters say, women should “See beyond your fears to the possibilities.”
“Fear is a very strong emotion,” Sr. Marie Veritas said. “At times, we can be deceived into living out of irrational or unfounded fears. This can lead to paralysis and make it impossible to take positive steps towards finding a solution. It can also lead to confusion and clouding of judgment. Important or life-changing decisions are best made in peace and freedom.”
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She concluded by saying, “Let’s talk and find a solution you can live with.”
“Our broad expanse of resources includes housing, employment, medical assistance, legal advice, and emotional and spiritual accompaniment,” she said. “We are here to listen, to answer questions, to explore your options, and to walk with you in finding real possibilities during a difficult time. You deserve a safe space to share your experience and your concerns.”
You can learn more about Sisters of Life online, and then contact them to get help. Women can text 212-203-876 or call 1-877-777-1277 for pregnancy support.
How can Catholics, pro-life Americans and Catholics support the sisters?
To carry out their pro-life ministery, the sisters “rely totally on Divine Providence for the spiritual and temporal support of our lives and missions,” Sr. Marie Veritas said.