Matt C. Abbott writes of broken marriages and annulments

“I’m now 64. My marriage to that man has been annulled. I got on with my life. Now I thank God for the annulment. I was able to remarry a wonderful man, the type I should have married the first time. We married in the Church, with a beautiful Mass. I receive the sacraments. I’m in love with Catholicism.”

“…allow me to share the late Bishop Fulton J. Sheen’s words, taken from Three To Get Married: ‘The basis of unity is the fact that in this bond two persons are joined together so as to become ‘one flesh.’ This inviolable bond, according to Our Divine Savior, excludes not only desiring another partner but also entering into another union while the partner lives. Our Lord even forbade unlawful desires: ‘But I tell you that he who casts his eyes on a woman so as to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matt. 5:28)’

“When I was suddenly blind-sided by the prospect of divorce and my ex-husband and I had the fateful conversation of separating, I immediately let him know that I would seek an annulment. You see, while I wouldn’t say that my faith alone is what divided us, it was definitely something my ex-husband believed came before him. He was right. I won’t get into petty details about those trials, but I will say that even in divorce, he understood what it meant and agreed to give his consent in the annulment petition.”

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Read “Three To Get Married” by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen