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None should have just cause for feeling abandoned by God or His Church.The Widowed The parish community has the potential of healing, of relieving in a significant way the loneliness of the widowed within their midst. for love of God to abstain for the rest of their lives from sexual pleasure, in order to devote themselves more freely to the meditation of divine things and better experience the elevations of the spiritual life." Presuming the absence of any impediment, the widowed spouse is free to enter a second marriage.Days of recollection, an annual spiritual retreat especially tailored to uplift and inspire the widowed to a new fullness of life in Christ are readily available means to change the outlook of the widowed where present difficulties will appear as possibilities of greater union with Christ. Without the anchor of their Catholic faith and the sure knowledge that they are loved as persons by the living church, in their loneliness, possible frustration and inability in some instances to accept the death of a spouse with perfect resignation to God's Holy Will, they can become easily victims of our secularist society with its neopagan ethics.In his encyclical letter, "Holy Virginity," Pope Pius XII observes concerning the widowed "…others after the death of their spouse, have consecrated to God their remaining years in the unmarried state . The widowed are vulnerable to temptations such as dating "divorced" persons, which indiscretions can readily lead to an invalid second marriage.The "mercy from generation to generation" in Mary's Magnificat reminds the living Church that it must always apply God's mercy to the sufferings of the human family, especially to those who suffer most, sinners.In our midst there are many within the Household of the Faith, members of the Catholic Church, who experience the pain of loneliness and at times the feeling of abandonment.Attempting to convert one’s spouse can be interpreted as hostile and could lead to discord in the marriage.
The Catholic Church calls the union of a Catholic to someone who has not been baptized a .The Catholic person must uphold the obligation to preserve his or her own faith and “ensure the baptism and education of the children in the Catholic Church,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1635).One of the reasons that the Church exists is to safeguard the souls of those in its care.An effective ministry must be adapted to meet the healing needs of persons in each of these groupings, tailoring ministry specifically to the needs of each of these groups. We humans may have difficulty from time to time reconciling justice and mercy, the death of a loved one, even the existence of Heaven and Hell, but in God this involves no contradiction or difficulty.To ignore these differences, which inevitably affect the life-style situations incumbent upon persons by reason of their marital status, is to hazard disaster resulting in confusion worse confounded. With the certitude of our Catholic Faith, neither should it be a stumbling block to us, though we must remember, and with compassionate understanding, that for some the cross and Christ crucified are only signs of contradiction.In a positive way, witnessing the mercy of God in truth.His Church must offer healing ministry especially on the parish level to all these groups of persons of whom I speak.Scripture tells us that the unbelieving spouse is made holy through the believing spouse (1 Cor. Sacramentally in marriage the spouses are the conduits of grace to each other and in a mixed-marriage of disparity of cult the Catholic is a conduit of grace to the non-believer.If this leads to a free conversion of belief by the non-believer then the church rejoices. Please be aware this may prevent non-ad features of this site from working properly, including social media icons, display of products in our store, and other features. Milan Mikulich, OFM, STD, January - March 1981 The Church in our time must bear witness to the mercy of God revealed in Jesus Christ and must profess it as a truth of faith and as essential for a life in harmony with faith.[Close this notice.] Widowed, Separated and Divorced This is an excellent, inspiring pastoral letter written by the late Bishop Sullivan of Baton Rouge, LA. The Church must make God's mercy incarnate in the lives of her faithful and, as far as possible, in the lives of all people of good will.