I am getting a little excited and having some high hopes. Why? Well . . . here is a little background info leading to my current situation. I grew up being the only one out of three that wanted to go to church. So I went from the age of elementary school on to church (Methodist) with a cousin. Neither one of my sisters had that inclination yet at the same time they were resentful of my parents for not having any religious instruction/interaction for us during adolescence. My Mother was “Methodist” but did not go to church, my father was “Catholic” but non practicing either. Religion was not taboo - it was just nothing we really studied, practiced or anything besides summer vacation bible school and any events I was involved in.
So, when I reached a certain level of maturity I decided I wanted to to back to my Catholic roots on my Dad’s side. Fortunately for me my husband was willing to go with me!! YAY! This brings us up to present day.
I have been “working” on my family - praying for them, trying to get them involved in any church (naturally I emphasize Catholicism, but just starting somewhere is a big step). I invite my family to go to Church with us all the time - and sometimes they do go. Also, I try and take my nieces and nephew with me frequently. I worry that my sisters are not baptized and neither are their children. My sisters will out right admit that they wish mom and dad had been more involved with a religious upbringing - yet they are doing the same thing to their children that mom and dad did to us. (frustrating!) Well I think I am finally getting through. They are going to be attending mass more regularly, Dad has said he is mulling over the idea of confession and getting back to the church (a big big step for him) and my mom and sisters and their husbands are seriously considering RCIA and conversion. WOO-HOO Nothing is concrete yet, but I cannot help getting excited at the thought of my family finding peace with God and the abundant blessings that they will receive along with due thanks for the blessings they already have!!
Boy that feels great to get out! I am so sorry to have rattled on so long but I am not very good at being short and sweet . . . oops. :o All right, I will stop - just a request: please send up a little prayer that my family will continue to open their hearts to God and be willing to dedicate their time and life to living for Him! Prayers also that I may be patient, kind, and ever-understanding of this sometimes confusing journey.