Christian view on dating while separated
It is especially in the realm of the spiritual that meaningful aid can be rendered the widowed. However, children and relatives and close friends and the parish community should be understanding of the rights and needs of the widowed and offer loving support and understanding cooperation.Days of recollection, an annual spiritual retreat especially tailored to uplift and inspire the widowed to a new fullness of life in Christ are readily available means to change the outlook of the widowed where present difficulties will appear as possibilities of greater union with Christ. Without the anchor of their Catholic faith and the sure knowledge that they are loved as persons by the living church, in their loneliness, possible frustration and inability in some instances to accept the death of a spouse with perfect resignation to God's Holy Will, they can become easily victims of our secularist society with its neopagan ethics.
Widowed, Separated and Divorced This is an excellent, inspiring pastoral letter written by the late Bishop Sullivan of Baton Rouge, LA. The Church must make God's mercy incarnate in the lives of her faithful and, as far as possible, in the lives of all people of good will.
Let’s face it, separation is a sad but sometimes necessary action needed to protect the physical/emotional well being of the person who leaves and/or the children involved.