María Martínez Gómez spent years working at an abortion facility, denying the realities of what she saw.
A nurse in Spain, she said she was baptized Catholic, but when she grew up, she began to despise the faith and all it stood for, according to the Catholic News Agency.
During a Catholic conference in May in San Sebastian, Spain, Gómez explained why she quit her abortion work and how God changed her life in a miraculous way.
She said her work at the abortion clinic stressed her out; she spent her days getting women ready for surgical abortions and then trying to comfort them afterward. Gómez said she lied to herself and the women about the unborn babies who were being aborted there.
Once, she remembered, she thought she saw the foot of an aborted baby, but she said she convinced herself that it was just a blood clot, according to the report.
Gomez said the abortion clinic purposely took steps to ensure that women would not change their minds prior to their abortions. Women would be isolated from their partners, to “remove them from reality,” before their surgeries, and it would be Gomez’s job to hold their hands and keep them calm while the abortion was happening.
Afterwards, she said that sometimes the women were so traumatized by what they had experienced, they thought they had not yet undergone an abortion and begged her to stop it from happening. It was Gomez’s job to inform them that they had in fact already had an abortion.
Eventually, she said she quit because of the stress of the job. She went back to school and earned a degree in physiotherapy.
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About that same time, there was a devastating earthquake in Nepal. Gómez decided to move to Kathmandu to help with the relief efforts, the report states.
It was there in that Hindu country that Jesus touched her heart and brought her to the Catholic faith.
One day, she said she was walking in the street when a sister with the Missionaries of Charity grabbed her and urged her to follow. Gómez said she thought about going along just to mock the sisters during Mass, but things turned out very differently.
Gómez spoke Spanish, and the Mass was in English, so she said she did not understand it very well. Then, suddenly, she said she heard a voice in Spanish telling her, “Welcome home.” Confused, she said she heard the voice again, saying: “Welcome home. How long it took you to love me.”
“It was the cross of Christ talking to me,” she said.
Gómez said she laid on the floor and wept, asking for forgiveness.
Later, the sisters told her that they had been praying for someone exactly like her, a physiotherapist, to come to their convent, according to the report.
Gómez said she spent four months with the sisters, teaching them physical therapy and rehabilitation until her visa ran out. Then, she returned to Spain where she has been sharing her conversion story.
“I was a dry bone in that valley, that He decided to revive,” Gomez said. “That is the Mercy of God.”