Since their entry into the Church, this couple has been ostracized greatly for their former lives. They are not murderers, child abusers, etc, (which could cause people to be leary I’m sure).
They have a child who is witness to this treatment and it is effecting the child, so much so they are concerned it will poison their child against Catholicism. They see it as possibly an only solution.
I have witnessed some of this myself. The woman approached another woman and asked her a question, (something innocent, like “what is that perfume?” or something similar.) The woman didn’t answer her. I started to turn away but hearing the woman ask again, and not hearing a reply I turned back to look, the other woman appeared to be ignoring her. The asker asked again, (maybe thinking the woman didn’t hear) and the woman just looked at her with an unpleasant look on her face. It dawned on the asker then that she was being snubbed. Her look was totally crestfallen as she walked away.
She has since experienced much of this. She is repentant of her former lifestyle, and is nothing like the person she once was. I do not understand this.
Though I have experienced some of this in my own journey, I really don’t know how to advise her to deal with it. (I asked a question earlier about a Saint that would be helpful perhaps, but have received no replies)
Why are we praying for sinners, if once they repent, they are scorned and shamed? It almost appears as if there are those whose true intent is to drive people away.
I have dealt with this to some degree myself, but not nearly as much as they.
I know the people in the Church are not perfect, and yet this is horrible to observe. And to the extreme/
Can anyone help? I KNOW this is not the Christian message, but it certainly seems to have overtaken this community.
Thank you for any responses, they are greatly welcomed as I am in a quandary as to what to do.
I know prayer helps, but there must be another avenue to add to that prayer.
Peace be with all of you.