I speak especially of the widowed, the separated, the "divorced and remarried." The ministry of Christ through His Church must be ever more and more efficaciously available to these wounded human beings.They reflect in a real way the image of the crucified Christ, and in ministering to each of them, we minister to Jesus Christ.She evidences authenticity when she professes and proclaims mercy.On the thirtieth day of November, the First Sunday of Advent, 1980, our Holy Father issued his most recent encyclical letter, Dives in Misericordia, which is a "magna charta" on the mercy of God, and I recommend that the sons and daughters of this Local Church read it and meditate upon it.“Helping them let go of all that, and see that what they’re truly longing for is Jesus, takes some work.” So does overcoming some fundamental problems of catechesis. ” (Journey of Hope Productions, .99), that catechetical challenge starts with countering the idea that being a divorced Catholic is an oxymoron.According to Vince Frese, co-author with Lisa Duffy of “Divorced. “Many people believe that if they’re divorced, they can’t be Catholic anymore,” Frese told Our Sunday Visitor.Accompanying that belief are other questions divorced Catholics have about their standing in the Church: Are they excommunicated? Can they continue in lay apostolate work or liturgical ministries?If they apply for an annulment, does that mean any children they have will be considered illegitimate?
Or, as Alicia stated it: “I’m too good to be divorced.The thrust of such a ministry must have taken into consideration that the widowed, the separated, the "divorced," and the "divorced and remarried" constitute groups of persons in entirely different circumstances.Though persons in each of these groupings have needs in common with the others, in fact in common with all members of the Body of Christ, yet the spiritual status of all of these persons cannot be considered essentially the same.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.