A young woman turns to the experts at the Ask an Apologist section of Catholic Answers Forum to make sure an evil voice isn’t leading her to sin: Would our heavenly Father give signs to file for divorce? (H/T Daniel Gilson):
Please forgive me if this sounds naive. I am a young woman who is incredibly confused, heart sick and stricken with worries beyond anything I can articulate.
I often meditate as I pray in alone time with God and can sense a powerful, goosebump-evoking presence when I do so. I ask the Lord questions in my heart and I hear answers back but I am so worried that I could be confusing those answers for my own humanly voice or my biggest fear – the voice of the evil one trying to persuade me to go down the wrong path.
I feel in my heart that I need to leave my marriage. There is no abuse or evil happening to me from my spouse and I would clog up this question box if I went into all of the details. When I pray about it, I hear the answer telling me to “GO” and to have faith that the Lord will help me survive. A fear I face, is that if I go on my own, I will face many troubles financially which is a reality that I will have to endure. I’m driven and motivated, and I feel that God has given me talents, blessings, and an opportunity to do something magnificent with the life He has given me. And I feel an overwhelming sense that I need to just trust Him that it will all be ok if I just take this risk and do this.
Would our Lord ever try to guide someone to leave a spouse??? Please, I beg you if you can’t answer my question Apologist, I desperately and humbly ask for your prayer.
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P. answered:
The Catholic Church does allow a Catholic to file for divorce as a legal means of equitably dividing goods that were held in common. This is not to say that the state has the power to dissolve a valid marriage.
As to whether God is telling you to leave, I cannot say. You haven’t given your reasons. Certainly, you are in our prayers.
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.
Note: I’ve saved a page print for my own reference because the last time I exposed something shameful at CAF the moderators responded by hiding the evidence. As of the writing of this post the linked question and answer are still visible, but this could well be hidden by the moderators at CAF soon.