Twenty-three years ago today, we put our marriage right with God. My husband and I didn't understand all the teachings of the Catholic Church years ago. I had fertility issues and was in a rush to try to conceive a baby in the small window of time that my doctors had given me. I was a daily Mass attendant, but did not truly trust God's timing. My husband and I were married by a Christian minister, outside the Catholic Church, without the benefit of an annulment. However, we grew in faith and understanding, pursued our annulments and had our marriage blessed and convalidated on St. Patrick's day 23 years ago. It wasn't until I was fully living inside God's plan for marriage that I truly recognized God's mercy! Today is my mercy day! If you are in this position, I urge you to seek God's plan in your life. Read more about this in my new book, The Three Things Divorced Catholics Need to Know. God bless.