I left the courtroom, again feeling drained. It’s been over seven years since my husband left. You’d think he’d be happier. You’d think he’d get on with his life. You’d think he’d let me get on with mine. You’d think the court systems would protect victims of verbal and emotional assault.
You’d think I’d know better by now.
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus tells the story of the persistent widow. We know not whether the woman is young or old, rich or poor, childless, or raising a gaggle of young ones 24/7 with no help from family or friends. We know little of her or her situation, but we do know she was treated badly and is seeking the court’s help.
Perhaps some of us can put ourselves in the woman’s shoes. With the advance of no fault divorce, record numbers of marriages are breaking up, and increasing numbers of people are seeing marriage as broken. These people then turn to the courts for justice. Most, especially victims of unwanted divorce, turn away disappointed thanks to an unjust system.Continue Reading