This is really hard for me to talk about... it makes me very very sad.
I am a 20-something newlywed, living away from home with my awesome husband. We try to be good Catholics, we use NFP in our marital life, we pray together, etc.
I have my parents to thank for that. I was raised in a strong Catholic home, attended mass every Sunday as a child, had Catholic education, and fell in love with my faith because I was led down that path.
I have 5 younger siblings.
In August 2009, my parents announced that they were divorcing. As a junior in college, engaged, active Catholic, I was completely blindsided by this. My parents were the two people who I assumed would never divorce.
My younger siblings are 20, twins that are 18, 13, and 11. The middle four have decided to stop going to church, including the 13 year old. and my mother (who instigated the divorce even though dad wanted to work it out) allows 13 year old not to attend church because she doesn't go anymore.
Father is Catholic, but very legalistic. He has always been that way just trying to follow the "rules" instead of trying to understand and decide if he agrees or not. So in his obsessive rule following he has decided to step back and not fight for my brother to finish his Catholic education and get confirmed stating that "the divorce decree puts your mom in charge of religious education, so I can't say anything".
I am trying to pray for my brother (and the other confirmed adult siblings who have fallen away), but I find myself getting angrier and angrier each moment I try to talk to God about it. My spouse is very patient and understanding about the whole situation, but he just doesn't know what to do.
Any advice? :(