I guess to answer one of the first questions,
My boyfriend prays the rosary daily, goes to confession once a week, goes to mass every week, goes to adoration, reads the bible nightly is a leader for a spiritual group on campus, leader of the respect for life group etc part of the church choir, etc,
Though I go to church weekly and i am involved with these groups and volunteer activities, i mostly pray to myself and don’t discuss my faith openly like he does. I feel that compared to him, I am not as religious. I don’t read the bible, Im more private about it and he said that this is something he wants us to share
because he said if we cant share our faith, then he doesnt believe that this relationship will lead to marriage and may not be worth pursuing if we cant work out or differences.
and its not that i dont agree with what he believes in, i just dont know how to talk about our religion on a level like he does
without a doubt my children will be raised catholic.but sigh,
I did do stations of the cross during the time of lent with him which I think he appreciated.
we do go to church weekly, but we’re both in the choir so i dont necessarily pray with him
But i dont know how to pray the rosary, i dont read the bible, i dont know much about the ‘catholic teaching’ aside from what I was taught at home and what I learned from CCD.
We’re both biology majors so spending time with one another is difficult sometimes.
The retreat he went on was called “Search”
“upperclassmen students to
reflect on their lives and come
to a deeper understanding of
themselves and explore where
they have encountered God on
the road of life. Students will
be given the chance to reflect
upon their relationship with
God and how in turn this
relationship impacts others”
and coming back from this, this is where he has been distant.
I asked my aunt about this who’s a very devout catholic and she suggested
"You can begin growing in your faith by going to adoration. That is a palace where it is just you and Jesus. There is a very small prayer book by Father Grochel for adoration to get you started. Itnis available on Amazon for $6 “Praying In The Presence Of Our Lord: Prayers For Eucharistic Adoration [Paperback]”
After you get used to doing this you can read random passages from The Bible, Saint Biographies,etc. Adoration is what is says. It is a way to adore Jesus thank Him for all that you have. You are rewarded with answers. In the silence, answers to questions you are asking your self just come to you. It may take some time, but it works
I know you do not have a lot of time, but sitting next to someone who has taken the time to adore his Lord with him, will get through to Gabe. Especially if you take it seriously."