The "mercy from generation to generation" in Mary's Magnificat reminds the living Church that it must always apply God's mercy to the sufferings of the human family, especially to those who suffer most, sinners.
In our midst there are many within the Household of the Faith, members of the Catholic Church, who experience the pain of loneliness and at times the feeling of abandonment.
Accompanying that belief are other questions divorced Catholics have about their standing in the Church: Are they excommunicated? Can they continue in lay apostolate work or liturgical ministries?
It wrecks families and convinces society that Catholic teaching about marriage just isn’t practical.Set aside the usual obstacles to effective ministry — a shortage of money and religious, time-crunched volunteers and, even more, time-crunched pastors — and you’re still left with nearly a dozen major hurdles for the Church to clear in its outreach to divorced Catholics, starting with the intense emotional wounds left by divorce.Those wounds are always deep, and when the person has been divorced against their will — which happens almost as often as not, thanks to the legal innovation of no-fault divorce — the wounds go deeper still.“In the immediate aftermath of divorce, you feel like you’re not wanted by anybody,” said Greg Mills, president of Catholic Divorce Ministry (formerly the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics).“Your self-worth is zero.” Helping people address those wounds is a serious challenge for most priests and lay ministers, many who have little to no background in counseling.