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One man I spoke with, now divorced, took Scott Hahn’s Christian marriage class with his theology-major fiancée.

Another couple, now divorced, made the twin sacrifices of building a large family and allowing the wife to stay home — because, in the ex-husband’s words, “Simpleminded me, I looked at every sacrament as precious and worthy.” Two others, now divorced, helped at their parish and were sacrificing to send their kids to Catholic schools.

The grave sin of divorce infects everybody around it.

It wrecks families and convinces society that Catholic teaching about marriage just isn’t practical.

So why are so many committed Catholic couples doing it?Or, as Alicia stated it: “I’m too good to be divorced.Therefore this was not a valid marriage.” “As soon as you even talk about divorce as if it’s an option, you’ve taken your first step,” Patricia, an abandoned mother of five, told me.Still, the black cloud can be dispelled even at this stage, and often is, if the couple looks into the horrible consequences of divorce and decides they just won’t go there. Until someone calls a lawyer.“All it takes is one confused spouse who thinks that divorce will solve their unhappiness,” said Michelle Gauthier, founder of Defending Holy Matrimony.“When that one spouse visits a lawyer, they place the entire family in the hands of a hostile court system.Children become wards of the state, and all marital assets are controlled by the courts.