My wife and I were married in 2003 in the Catholic Church. Prior to this we use to go to Sunday Mass together almost every Sunday.
Almost a year after we were married my wife left the Catholic Church. She started attending different Non-Catholic Christian Churches (Moody, etc.) When she first left, I felt so much anger, betrayal, sadness, confusion.
Prior to this, I felt that as a Catholic I was okay. I went to mass once a week and did a variety of volunteer work on certain weekends. After my wife left the Catholic Church, I had to figure what should I do. I decided to pray and pray and pray some more. As always God answered my prayers! I learned about catholic answers and my knowledge of the Catholic faith has grown immensly (Plus I realized I had to do more than just go to mass 1 time a week and volunteer on a monthly). Through Catholic Answers (& EWTN) I truly learned the richness of the Catholic Faith. I’m so blessed to be Catholic! I now go to mass daily, pray the rosary daily, read scripture daily, joined the Church Choir, listen to Catholic Radio, Catholic Internet, Catholic Books, etc., I’m so addicted and passionate now, but there is still the issue of my marriage.
I love my wife very much and she is such amazing wife (and mother. We just had our first child a month ago.) Prior to discovering the richness of the Catholic Faith I bought books about Interfaith marriages and how to make them work. These books were helpful, but what I truly want is for my wife to come back into the Catholic Faith. I want our child to be raised Catholic without having to be confused on why his parents are in different churches.
I accept alot of blame in this because prior to our marriage even though I was an “ok” Catholic, I did not discuss with my wife more issues regarding our faith (I did not care to discuss something I knew very little of) I knew she had some objections to the Catholic Faith, but not so much that she would leave the Catholic Faith.
Now my wife and I have had discussions about this issue in our lives (unfortunately sometimes they end in arguments). Our most recent discussions are about baptizing our child (which she is open to, but she is concerned that after the baptism she will be obligated to raising our child Catholic. I believe when getting married in the Catholic Church this obligation already existed)
Fellow members any advice, comments, etc.
Please keep my family in your prayers.