Saturday, November 13, 2004

The most religious civil service ever
Yesterday afternoon I had the unique pleasure of re-marrying (civilly speaking) one of my parishioners and her non-Catholic spouse. They had divorced a few years ago, but neither pursued an annulment or other relationships. They eventually began speaking about their break-up and how they just "drifted apart," and realized that they really didn't have good cause to just give up on marriage. Another part of the equation was the woman's visit to the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament and the impact that had on her faith. Her husband is currently taking RCIA, though he may not enter the Church, because one difficulty in their previous relationship was the failure to understand one another's religion (he is Pentecostal).

In my homily I made reference to the fact that the marriage never ended in God's eyes and that we were merely gathered to re-contract marriage in the eyes of the state. It was the most religious civil service ever! God bless them!

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