I am needing some advice in regards to my 14-year-old daughter. Here lately she’s been pretty adamant about not going to church (I haven’t let her stay home yet). However I find her contradicting my every word for the most part. It’s not like this is something new we just started. She’s been in catechism since the age of four and we attend Mass regularly. I’m so at odds with this, since I do have two other daughters, ages 8 and 16, and don’t have these issues with them. As a matter of fact, my 16-year-old is one of the youth leaders at our parish and also an assistant catechist. My 8-year-old gets gloomy if we even mention not making it to church.
I do have to let you know that my husband doesn’t attend church with us. After being such a devout Catholic, he will not go to church at this time. I really just want to prevent her from ending up like my husband, with lots of built-up anger and resentment towards life, religion, and who knows what else. (Always trying to blame someone other than themselves for their misfortune.) Please just any advice or suggestions would really help me out.