Very Rev. Timothy Cloutier, JCL

June 26, 2009
Judicial Vicar
Archdiocese, Saint Paul & Minneapolis

The book The Gift of Self by Maria Campanella is long overdue because it addresses a topic for too long neglected: how to live one's marriage vows after divorce.

This is not a self-pity book, laying blame or fault. Neither is it simply another book about coping with life after divorce.

It is an insightful work drawing on faith and love to face the challenge of continuing to live one's "I do" after the conjugal life has broken down. St. Paul says that "love never fails" (1 Cor. 13:8). Maria Campanella, herself divorced, traces out of her own experience for the divorced Catholic how to live in an even deeper manner through the sacramental life of the Church the reality of what the marriage vows are intended to be for each spouse: an enduring path of personal and mutual sanctification through married love, and as a process of true and all-encompassing healing for spirit, mind and soul. She shows how married love not only can, but needs to continue for the spiritual growth of the spouses themselves.

An entirely new dimension of married life and love is opened up for divorced Catholics in The Gift of Self. The reality of Christ's love as source and example for a divorced Catholic is revealed with a clarity that can only be called inspired, and truly timely.

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