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Episcopalians, Catholics reach out to divorced

There are 4 comments on the The Advocate story from Feb 8, 2013, titled Episcopalians, Catholics reach out to divorced. In it, The Advocate reports that:

"It's for people who are divorced or divorcing and who are looking for a way to heal through this grieving process" ...

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#1 Feb 11, 2013
The fact that the Catholic Church and Episcopalian Church differ in their law on remarriage — divorce is forbidden but Catholics can have a marriage annulled whereas Episcopalians allow and recognize a civil divorce — does not matter, Anderson said.“The truth is, the pain of divorce transcends all denominations.”

This is a very good observation.

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#2 Feb 11, 2013
The truth is...you can't really annul anything. Time travel is more likely.

“The Kingdom of God Begins NOW!”

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#3 Feb 11, 2013
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
The truth is...you can't really annul anything. Time travel is more likely.
Yep, you can be married for decades, have a family and then the romans can tell you it never happened.

Dear God help them.....

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#4 Feb 11, 2013
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
The truth is...you can't really annul anything. Time travel is more likely.
This is true. The two approaches are interestingly different; almost polarized.

The one acknowledges and then places the series of events into a context of understanding the past, in order to heal and bring forward to the present.

The other mercifully denies the reality of the series of events in the past in order to sanctify a do-over, bringing the person forward. It is quite a bit less honest. But, it does work.

I like the way of acknowledgment better, if within myself, I can forgive myself for having committed an error. Sometimes, though, an error in judgment can arise from a fundamental flaw. Getting inside and under the flaw in order to rebuild outwards can be too painful and can be an insurmountable mountain buried inside, that a person cannot conquer on their own.

Nobody is perfect. People are like cogs, engaged in rotating along a path of activity. When two marry, they gear together in order to develop strengths that they can rely upon while each travels his or her own way. And, of course, if they are raising children, they create this gearing in order to maintain a nurturing place of rearing for their children.

But, when one or usually both have a broken or misshapen gear, a grinding occurs that is destructive. Divorce occurs. Sometimes, the misshapenness occurs through no fault of either.

The RCC calls the reset and healing an "annulment." Regardless of the dishonesty of denying the reality of the first marriage, the designation of the restoration process as an "annulment" has some merit in conceptual etymology.

The word is similar to "annealment." To anneal is to heat up a stressed metal until the internal stresses along the pre-crystallized internal fractures become relaxed and disappear. Then the metal is allowed to cool slowly to preserve the repaired matrix. The faults remain within the healed matrix as plasticized lineaments within the surrounding crystallized matrix. In some ways the annealing process creates properties in the metal that are stronger than the original, more ductile and less likely to fracture under new stresses.

In some material cases, the end product is even harder, having produced a "temper' in the metal. If the metal is beaten during the annealing, it becomes much tougher.

Now, I am not suggesting that one should take a ball bat or a rolling pin to one's spouse...

I am just saying that the process of healing the spirit and soul of a person who has been broken under stress can be aptly described as an "annealing" process. Light (heat) is applied to the fractured areas, until the embrittled regions are stress-relieved and the integrity of the person can be re-attained.

The Light itself is intelligent and because it is Love, it knows what and how to do what is necessary to effect the healing.

Mark 5:30
Luke 8:46

Rev. Ken

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