I am a divorced and remarried Protestant and potential convert who is convicted of Catholic truth. In my first marriage, my wife left me to marry a man who she had an adulterous relationship with for some time. I waited for God to return her to me. When she became pregnant, I felt the Lord released me from her. I told God that I was willing to never get married again, if that was what was best for my children. I felt that his response was that there are some aspects of his character that are only possible to manifest through marriage.
Now, I realize that those of the Catholic tradition may not receive my testimony [above] as spiritual–they may not believe it–and I also understand that it does nothing to mitigate what the Catholic Church teaches about the sacrament of marriage.
What concerns me, when reading the forum, is the manner in which the issue of divorced and remarried people [whether Catholic or non-Catholic] is discussed: more specifically, what I perceive as the flippant and morally superior tone of many commenting, as they apparently attempt to ‘defend the faith’.
I am not asking anyone to alter their convictions or asking the church to alter its teachings. What I most definitely AM asking is the those who are not in this situation remember that they are dealing with actual HUMAN BEINGS and children of God. Such a fact might presuppose that such conversations are conducted in grace and humility before God.
Paul and Barnabas were followed around by a woman with a spirit of divination whose public proclamation was as follows: “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation, (Acts 16:17).” However, after many days, Paul turned, rebuked her, and cast a demon(s) out of her with these words: “I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her, (Acts 16:18).”
What I gather from this passage is that there is a need for the repentant to be more than correct in their assertions [for was not the woman with the spirit of divination correct in her assertion?]: we must speak out of a right heart and mind (spirit) before God.
For those who want to represent Catholicism well [to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike], it might be prudent to consider this truth.