I’m a convert Catholic, who converted at 15, but fell away from the Church during my late teens/early 20s. During that time, I met my husband, and since I was not actually practicing Catholicism at the time, I didn’t push for a Catholic wedding and we married instead in a Christian ceremony. Now, we have been for almost 4 years, and are beginning to talk of having children. Meanwhile, I’m feeling drawn back to the Church and my Catholic faith. From what I understand, our marriage is not a valid one in the eyes of the Church since he is
A. not baptized
B. we weren’t married in the Church
If I had known this 4 years ago, I would have pushed for a Catholic wedding!
The problem is that hubby now attends Mass regularly with me, enjoys Mass, believes a lot of what our faith teaches, but doesn’t want to convert. Per our most recent conversation, he feels that he doesn’t have any reason to convert other than because of me. He has agreed to raise our kids Catholic however! I’m now stuck between a rock and a hard place. This is my husband and I love him with all of my heart, but I don’t want to bring children into an unequally yoked marriage, I want our faith to be something that we share and teach our children, together. Luckily, through no fault of our own, kids have just not happened yet so there’s still time, but I just don’t know what to do. Is there something I can say or should I just pray? And is there a certain prayer and/or Saint I can pray to?
Sorry for rambling, I just would really appreciate some advice.