On the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the women who heard the silence instead of the teaching of Humanae Vitae have a particular place in the conversation. Today, Alyssa Bormes relates a powerful testimony of living in the confusion of the false promises of contraception. Many men and women will resonate with her honest, heartfelt journey. Her story is one of woundedness and healing, conversion, and gratitude, in which you will find God’s ocean of mercy, His outpouring of love, and the promise of everlasting joy.
On the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s prophetic and ground-breaking encyclical on human life, Humanae Vitae, WINE: Women In the New Evangelization is offering the powerful testimony of woundedness, mercy, and healing, presented by author, teacher and speaker, Alyssa Bormes.
A survivor of rape, multiple abortions, and thoughts of suicide, Bormes is a heroic testament to the healing power of self-forgiveness, the freeing ministry of the Catholic Church, conversion, and gratitude.
Today Bormes relates a powerful testimony of living in the confusion of the false promises of contraception. Many men and women will resonate with her honest, heartfelt journey as relayed in her presentation, “The Hope and Healing of Humanae Vitae.”
Sponsored by WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, Bormes’ address is deeply needed in our current culture. For such a time as ours, the Lord is calling to women to work in the beauty of their natural gifts as women. WINE is a movement in the Catholic Church that seeks to empower women to work within their God-given gifts as women to nurture, heal, and build up the body of Christ.
Bormes holds a master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas with study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Alyssa Bormes presents a dynamic first-hand account that demonstrates that Blessed Pope Paul VI was a prophet. For fifty years we have been watching the fulfillment of his prophecy.” ~ Dale Ahlquist, President, American Chesterton Society
“Just when the Church’s teachings regarding the sanctity of human life and of its transmission seem to have been completely rejected and ignored, the light from Heaven bursts through the clouds once again. Thus the presentation from Alyssa Bormes. Let us not be fooled: the message of Christ and His Church is always relevant and true–always and everywhere relevant and true, regardless of its lack of acceptance. Humanae Vitae is correct. Thank you, Alyssa, for reminding us. Now, may Our Lady inspire us to embrace this timeless truth.” ~ Msgr. Charles M. Mangan, Diocese of Sioux Falls
“I’m not sure which is more amazing- Alyssa’s witness or the way in which she shares it. Her story is a beautiful one of God’s mercy and redemption.” ~ Matt Birk, Super Bowl Champion
“If you want to help share the beautiful and powerful life-saving teachings found in the treasure of Humanae Vitae, then look no further than this incredible humble, honest, and moving testimony of Alyssa Bormes. Her testimony is touching hearts and changing minds on some of the most controversial issues of the day; issues that are rarely presented in such a loving and truthful way. We need more women with the courage of Alyssa to speak to the prophetic teachings of the Church and the impact they’ve had and continue to have on their lives.” ~ Teresa Tomeo, Media Expert, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author, Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host of Catholic Connection & The Catholic View for Women
“The sexual revolution’s false claim to bring liberation has had many victims. While Alyssa Bormes testifies to the wounds she received from living by its lies, she is no victim. Instead, her story is not about victimhood finally, but about finding healing, strength, and dignity from the hard teachings of Christ’s Church. Her voice should be amplified for women and men, young and old, to hear what true liberation is like.” ~ Dr. David P. Deavel, Editor, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture
“Alyssa Bormes speaks from the heart about her own journey of self-discovery. She found hope and healing by reading the papal encyclical Humane Vitae. Some dismiss the Church’s teaching on human sexuality as abstract principles out of touch with current realities, but Alyssa shows how the light of Truth rescued her from the darkness in which “freedom of choice” and every other modern sexual liberty had imprisoned her. On this 50th anniversary, she reminds us that the Church should joyfully proclaim the dignity and sanctity of all human life in season and out of season as well as the beauty of God’s Mercy towards sinners.” ~ Father Joseph Johnson, Pastor, Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
“St. John Paul II once said, ‘Contraception is…so profoundly unlawful as never to be, for any reason, justified. To think or say the contrary is equal to maintaining that in human life situations may arise in which it is lawful not to recognize God as God.’ To be or not to be? God or nothing? These are the questions that lie at the heart of the teaching of Humanae Vitae and make it one of the most profound and essential teachings of our faith. Alyssa Bormes knows this intimately and has, in a terrifying way, wrestled with the choice of ‘not to be’ or ‘nothing.’ But the courage of a Pope, a mother’s love, and a Father’s forgiveness brought Alyssa to understand that ‘to be’ is the most precious and profound of God’s gifts–because it is the very product of His unfathomable love.” ~ John M. DeJak, President, Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
“In the many years that I have been traveling the country, meeting and speaking to women, calling them to work in their God-given gifts, there has always been one call that has been on my heart, that is of Jesus saying, ‘Heal My Body.’ Thus WINE: Women In the New Evangelization was founded and grew for such a time as this. Today, one of the women of WINE is working in her gift– speaking to the heart of her audience. Alyssa Bormes has given us a compelling and dynamic witness; she tells of her own journey of hope and healing. This speech might just be one of the most unexpected jewels you will find on this 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. Please accept this gift from WINE, and then give it away again – all in an effort to ‘Heal My Body.’” ~ Kelly Wahlquist, Catholic Evangelist, Speaker, and Author. Founder of WINE: Women in the New Evangelization. Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute
From Alyssa Bormes:
It is my wish that this testimony would bring hope to others. No matter the wounds that we carry, there is always a way home to the Church, to forgiveness, and healing. Perhaps this talk will be just one of many lights on your journey, or on the journey of someone you love. My prayers are with you.
Written in my journal:
“I now understand that in my life birth control was so I could do what I wanted, when I wanted. I was putting myself in control; God should be in control. Also, the birth control gave a green light to allowing other men to use me. In my eyes I thought that because of birth control, nothing would happen. What I didn’t take into consideration was my soul. Nothing did happen, as in my soul seemed to be nothing. It was this vast wasteland of nothingness. My self-worth was nothing. What men thought of me was nothing. And nothing happened. I didn’t find what I was looking for. I got nothing back from these men. There was nothing to show for all this fun. It was nothing. I still felt empty.
“Without birth control one must finally realize what one is engaging in. We must put God first, not the physical first. In that, a different sort of nothing will happen. Nothing bad will happen to your soul. In the sanctity of marriage, I will have nothing to worry about in terms of my husband respecting me. He will have already committed his soul to mine before he has committed his body. And nothing will be better.
“So many people thing that nothing will happen with contraception. And I tell them, you’re right. Nothing will happen. Nothing has become an epidemic.”
“So I said to God, ‘I’ll give you one shot at this.’ He took me up on it.”
At the end of confession … he said, “Alyssa, imagine the rejoicing in heaven today for one sinner coming home.”
…And he said, in a firmer voice, “Alyssa, God has forgiven you. Now go home and do the hard work of forgiving yourself.”
“Paul VI had predicted my life and the lives of my generation, and no one thought to tell us. Instead, we were just met with silence.”