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?If they apply for an annulment, does that mean any children they have will be considered illegitimate?Don’t let the criticism of others stand in your way.Let’s face it, ladies, we spend a lot of time and money trying to look good.There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but if we’re not attractive on the inside, the rest doesn’t matter much. are you harboring anger and resentment toward your ex-spouse?Do you allow high stress levels to dictate the way you respond to others? Forgiveness, acceptance and detachment are all important virtues to work on if you struggle with these areas.She regularly speaks at conferences for divorced and single Catholics.
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What really matters is where you stand with God and being in His good graces is all you need.
God has given you many gifts and talents that, despite your divorce, He wants you to use for his glory and your happiness.
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.
It doesn’t negate your potential for living the rest of your life.