Define “without God”…
“God” meaning within our (Catholic) boundaries?, Or Athiesm?
My Aunt & Uncle would be celebrating their 50th this year… if God hadn’t have taken my Uncle this past spring… 78 years old, avid scuba diver, snow-skier, rock climber… BAM - died in his sleep of “natural causes/old age”… no reason… just “Sorry dude, I need you up here now”.
FORTY NINE & 3/4 YEARS TOGETHER. And not subscribers to any “formal” religion. They are Christians, believed in God and his son Jesus, but not in any particular discipline. Were never blessed with children - and He knows they tried. They filled their lives with “critters”. He an accredited Veterinarian, she his “gal Friday” in the hospital.
In retirement they toured the U.S. in their RV, and on any given Sunday in whatever town they’d be in they’d stop for the morning service at the first Church they came upon. Always respectful and open-minded, and join with the parishoners in their community’s House. Often they’d write me about how they were invited in to the “after Service social” and meet/make great new friends.
Die Hard Catholics…?? No, not in a heartbeat. Worthy recipients of Gods Light and Care… Yes. Unquestioning followers of Docrine…? NO. Open minded people, who respect others… Yes.
This is the story of a man & woman who spent 5 decades together. 30 years of this caring for the animals “Man shall have dominion over”, or donating time at “Lamb’s Farm” (for the retarded or autistic) because they couldn’t have children of their own.
BLB_Oregon… The Holy Spirit blows where He pleases.
Hawthorne… God can be a part of whatever marriage He choses to, regardless of the intent of the couple (thankfully.)
Truer words have never been spoken.