Lisa Duffy returns to the show for a third time to conclude the series. We wrap up our theme of marriage with a discussion about what to do when your spouse has left. This episode opens up very painful and difficult subjects. It is not an easy discussion, and only those who are in this situation understand just how yucky it can be. I am so thankful for Lisa’s wisdom and perspective.
Although the topic of discussion is separation and divorce, I believe that this episode contains a great deal of wisdom for all of us, married or not. Those of us whose marriage is still intact need to remember just how valuable it is, how precious. We need to fight for it. But we also need to pray for those whose marriage is not intact. Their path is a difficult one, and all our hearts must go out to support them and work for resolution.
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Separation and Divorce as a Catholic
Patron Saint of the Episode – St. Thomas More. Watch the movie “A Man for all Seasons”
O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Difficult Marriages, Statesmen, Politicians,
Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal
for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you
to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for marriage in our society, that it may show forth the true power of the sacrament and fervently promote the sanctity of human life – the
foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our
Saint Thomas More is a famous Catholic saint who stood up to Henry VIII in defense of the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage. King Henry VIII of England wished to divorce his wife and marry another woman, but he was unable to obtain the Pope’s blessing. St. Thomas More was tried and unjustly convicted of treason for not acknowledging the king as the head of the Church of England. He would later be martyred for his faith and loyalty to the Church. Despite the fact that he is the patron saint of difficult marriages, he enjoyed two happy marriages, one to his beloved wife Jane Colt who died at a young age, and later to a widow named Alice Middleton. It was the difficult marriage of Henry VIII that earned More the patronage of difficult marriages, not his own life as a husband.