I was contacted by a friend of Julie McMahon. She told me that Tony is suing Julie for the custody of the rest of her children and is reportedly claiming that Julie is an unfit mother. This is the woman who cared for the children while Tony pursued his degree, his career and then another relationship. Julie was there for those children all of those years.
I remember how I felt when I thought my daughter would be taken from me due to a brain tumor. The pain was almost unbearable. There were days I couldn't think straight and was afraid that I would not be able to handle it. Years later, I still vividly recall those feelings.
I do not know how Julie bears this pain and I do not know why Tony believes he needs to do it this way. If only he was as committed to Julie as Stanley Hauerwas was to his wife. At one time, Tony loved Julie enough to make all these children with her. How quickly that got thrown away.
May God have mercy on Julie and grant her peace and strength. May God reach into Tony's heart and help him to remember the love he once had for her. My heart aches for the children.