I vividly remember telling my brother, who was accompanying me to an important custody hearing, that I was willing to do “whatever it takes” to maintain contact with my children should the judge not rule in my favor. And I meant it. I was even willing to quit my very well-paying job and take a teaching position at their school if that meant I could maintain routine contact with them. My heart was already breaking from the ordeal that they were going through, and I knew further disruptions would only bring more heartache into their young, tender lives.
Divorce often puts us in very difficult situations, situations that we never dreamed we would have to deal with or confront. The difficulty is magnified one hundred-fold if it involves our children. Christ has a very special place in His heart for children. He expects us to do whatever it takes to protect them. Every sacrifice you make for your children is an act of love that breathes life into them and leads to holiness. When grappling with issues regarding your children, look to Christ as your model for sacrificial love. He did whatever it took. Pray for the graces you need to do the same.
Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. – Matthew 18:5-6