An acquaintance from my parish is a Chaplain for a local Catholic high school. She arranges retreats for students and staff, liturgies, etc. Our daughters play together on a CYO team and we have many mutual friends, but our relationship is very casual, consisting of a few conversations during sporting events or after Mass.
She is also my facebook friend, so I see her posts frequently. And, I know that she has several students and former students from the school she works at as facebook friends as well.
She is divorced and engaged. A few months ago, she posted that she and her fiance (also a divorced Catholic) would be postponing their wedding until they had received annulments on their first marriages. Then, recently, she posted that they had set the date for this May “even though they would not have their annulments yet.” And, she’s assuming that both will be granted annulments…
I’m hoping she will reconsider and I’m resolved to pray for her and for her fiance. And, since I don’t have a child at the school and am not a friend (just an acquaintance), I don’t think I have a responsibility to approach her or the school.
However, I’m heartbroken for her, for the kids in the two families, and for her students. How can she arrange for sacraments for her liturgies and not participate? And, all the students who admire her see her knowingly entering into an invalid marriage.
I also don’t know all the facts–perhaps, she’s planning to resign? I don’t think so, though.
My plan is to just pray and perhaps fast and if God puts me in a place to say something to her, I will trust the Holy Spirit to put the words in my mouth.
Is that enough?