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May 28, 2021

Protector of Widows: It’s Not Just a Dream

Jeff Cavins

Losing a spouse is one of the most heartbreaking things we can experience in this life, but we don’t have to go through it alone. Today, Jeff talks about his personal experiences ministering to those who have lost a spouse and gives some counsel on how we can remember those we’ve lost in the Eucharist.

Snippet of the Show

“You will know your spouse in Heaven, and you can know them today in the Eucharist.”


Shownotes

“Just a Dream” by Carrie Underwood

“It was two weeks after the day she turned eighteen

All dressed in white 

Going to the church that night 

She had his box of letters in the passenger seat

Sixpence in her shoe, something borrowed, something blue

And when the church doors opened up wide

She put her veil down

Trying to hide the tears

Oh she just couldn’t believe it

She heard the trumpets from the military band

And the flowers fell out of her hands.

Baby why’d you leave me

Why’d you have to go?

I was counting on forever, now I’ll never know

I can’t even breathe

It’s like I’m looking from a distance

Standing in the background

Everybody’s saying, he’s not coming home now

This can’t be happening to me

This is just a dream”

Pure Religion

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27

“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” – Psalm 68:5

Christ as Your Husband

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church; however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” – Ephesians 5:25-33

You Are Not Alone

“Bid the older women likewise to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good” – Titus 2:3

“But Ruth said, ‘Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God” – Ruth 1:16

Resources 


Meet Your Host: Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.

Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives. 

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