Sometimes I dream of an eighth sacrament, the sacrament of divorce. Like communion, it is a slim white wafer on the tongue. Like confession, it is forgiveness. Forgiveness is important not so much for what we've done wrong, but for what we feel we need to be forgiven for. Family, friends, God, whoever loves us, forgives us, takes us in again. They are thrilled by our life, our possibilities, our second chances.
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Source Notes: "The Sacrament of Divorce," Women on Divorce: A Bedside Companion, ed. Penny Kaganoff and Susan Spano (1995).
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