I’m unsure if this fits best under ‘vocations’, ‘spirituality’ or ‘family life’, so please bear with me. My wife left me in 2011. Since then, if not before, she has begun a sexual relationship with another man. She has let me know, in no uncertain terms, that there is no chance of us reuniting.
As far as seeking the opinion of a Catholic Marriage Tribunal on the validity of our marriage is concerned, both a priest and a lawyer with a degree in Canon Law have confirmed that I would have to seek a civil divorce first. This course of action is unaffordable to me, financially and unpalatable to me, in a spiritual sense. St Paul tells us not to take other believers to court. Although my wife has lapsed, she is still my sister in Christ.
All of this leads me to find myself seeking a good way of living as a married though separated man with one child. In Scripture, I find the example of Hosea. There is also the example of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, although he and his wife were childless. Please does anyone know of male catholic or orthodox saints who lived out a similar situation faithfully?
Thanks in advance.