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  • #938

    Cdogger
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    Hello all,

    Just thought I’d introduce myself! I am a cradle Catholic, 46 yrs. old, married 25 yrs to an alcoholic/gambleholic/convert to Catholicism. Even though I was born and raised in the Church, I only had “head knowledge” of the Faith, and soon discovered these last many years of struggling that I was [i:2k8eer2o]seriously[/i:2k8eer2o] lacking in the “heart knowledge” aspect my spirituality.

    I firmly believe that the Catholic Church is my “home”….and like other posters here I am very interested in “re-learning” exactly what I really do believe in and [i:2k8eer2o]why[/i:2k8eer2o]. Apologetics has caught my interest, and would love to become a “gentle apologist” for my faith.

    I have a 24 yr. old son who was rasied Catholic, but after he moved out he found the Evangelical calling to be more to his liking, much to my dismay. He and I have learned the hard way that some subjects (like religion) are just too touchy and painful to discuss when he comes home for a visit.

    Also have a 15 yr. old daughter whom I have sadly neglected in raising in the Church, although she has been baptized and has had her First Communion. No one comes to church with me (for now, anyway)…but that’s OK…because when I gave my life to Christ, I knew He was—and still is–in charge. Whatever happens to me in my life, I have total trust that God is in charge and I place my trust in Him.

    Well, thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself to you all! I was very pleasantly surpised to surf on this site…..I really can’t quite remember eaxctly how I found it…..but I’d like to think God’s hand was guiding my mouse!

    Your friend in Christ,

    Mary in Mich

    #3583

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    Welcome, Mary!

    Sorry, I would have replied sooner but I was away from the computer for the Thanksgiving holiday. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers as you work to learn more about your faith and share it with your family.

    #3584

    Cdogger
    Member

    Thank you, Jon, and bless you for the work you do on this site. I can’t imagine all the time it takes to work and keep up a web site, but I pray God blesses you with the wisdom to keep doing it!

    Thanks again for the welcome and the prayers!

    #3585

    [quote:17aokqwr]Hello all,

    I have a 24 yr. old son who was rasied Catholic, but after he moved out he found the Evangelical calling to be more to his liking, much to my dismay. He and I have learned the hard way that some subjects (like religion) are just too touchy and painful to discuss when he comes home for a visit.

    Also have a 15 yr. old daughter whom I have sadly neglected in raising in the Church, although she has been baptized and has had her First Communion. No one comes to church with me (for now, anyway)…but that’s OK…because when I gave my life to Christ, I knew He was—and still is–in charge. Whatever happens to me in my life, I have total trust that God is in charge and I place my trust in Him.

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    Mary,
    I am just curious as to which issues drove your son away from the Church. Also, have you attempted to tell your daughter that you are sorry fopr failing to expose her to the Church and you would like her to come with you a few times and see if it may be for her?

    God Bless You.
    I will pray.

    #3593

    Cdogger
    Member

    SonlitKnight37,

    Sorry it took me so long to reply to your posting….I really didn’t think anyone would!

    I take total and complete reponsibility for my son’s leaving the Catholic Church. It was really all my fault….as I stopped going to Mass myself and became very angry at God and the Church after my son tried to commit suicide when he was seventeen. He blamed his suicide attempt on me. That tragic event (thank God he survived) drove me almost crazy myself, and I stopped going to church completely. Consequently my daughter didn’t go either (she was only about 10 yrs. old at that time), and my husband withdrew into his own misery. Our son received inpatient counseling for two weeks, and continued on an outpatient basis for years after that, and I am proud to say that now he is living on his own, in his own place, working a good job and has a girlfriend—albiet an Evangelical Non-Denominational-Whatever-They-Call-Themselves-Now. Our son was “ripe” as they say for any approaching Evangelical to pounce on him, and they did.

    It’s been almost six long years since that “year of hell”, but I know God has been gently chipping away at my hard shell of anger and my hard heart has finally “seen the light” of His Love. I am re-committing myself to my Faith, and am trying ever so gently to try and encourage my daughter to reconsider joining me every Sunday.

    I am also diving into Catholic reading, especially apologetics, so I can gently converse with my son about what he is missing when he turned his back on the one True Faith.

    Thank you again for your kind response, SonlitKnight37, and for your prayers. You will all be in mine, too.

    Your friend in Christ,

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