When mom died recently, she left me about 100 photos of her life with her life partner. These include old pictures of myself and her partner when I was a teen, at my wedding, and at various holidays such as at Christmas. I did come to love her as a teenager, and many of the old pictures really do touch my heart.
Before she left my mother after 35 years together, she and my mom both told me that it was because they had become convicted that they were wrong and had been living in sin. They both parted ways.
I kept in touch with mom’s old partner, and she told me that she did not want the old pictures because they represent a part of her life that is long over with and she does not want anything to do with.
Inside of the stacks of old pictures is also endearing cards to my mother.
Many of the pictures are very lovely and heart-rending as they are a big part of my past life as a kid and as part of growing up.
Later in life, I became a new Christian and then was received into the Catholic Church.
No one wants the old pictures in my entire family either.
As I clean up my life and learn to truly live the Catholic faith, I’m torn up about getting rid of the photos.
I am trying to also remove all items in my home that are a part of my past life, such as shorts and tops that would not be modest, as well as occult material.
Most are now in the trash of the above, but there is more housework and cleaning out to be done.
In the meantime, I wondered if photos of my moms partner and herself together, apart or with myself, are somehow so evil, that it is best to throw them away?
I am so badly grieving right now, so please consider that when giving advice and try to be charitable as well as honest in your opinions and feedback.