Dating a practical catholic guide
Not to discount injustices and pain that you have suffered, but these are some unexpected treasures that can be yours! Mark -26 Catechism: (The heart’s) Conversion is accomplished in daily life by gestures of reconciliation . Taking up one’s cross each day and following Jesus is the surest way of penance. It makes the child feel safer when you tell the truth. • Always expect respect, but don’t intimidate or demand. • Encourage your child to join you in turning to God for help and comfort.
CCC 1435 Feelings of guilt can be like warning gauges on the car: they signal that something is wrong and we SHOULD pay attention to them. • Encourage the child to use his reason, not just his emotions. • Request an apology from them if they owe it to you or others in the family. • Never tolerant abusive attitudes, language, or behavior. Bible: Proverbs -24 Catechism: Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. • A naïve hope that time alone will make things better • Knowing what to do but being too proud, scared, cheap, or undisciplined to do it • Blaming, being unwilling or not knowing how to forgive • A doubt that God will bring justice in His own time • An emotional attachment (a “payoff”) to being a victim of divorce • Staying stuck in the role of protector of one of the parents These ways of thinking/acting need to be surrendered—along with one’s entire life—to a loving Lord.
Money, kids, housing and other practical issues need attention especially during separation.
CCC 27 Doctors used to give a sucker to the child who sat still for her shots; even adults need a little “sugar” to help them get through the pain of divorce. Bible: If we are the Body of Christ, that means the people in your local church should be His arms, His legs, and His smile for you.Look for a reputable Catholic psychotherapist in your area ( Catholic ) but be smart: not all therapists are grounded in the faith or give sound advice. You may look at bad things and think they are the end, but wait and see what gifts can come from an evil like divorce.