My sister asked me this morning why I didn’t go to Mass with her. A question mark appeared in my head and I told her there is Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, but that is in the evening. It turns out she went to Morning Prayer, which is not Mass obviously. She is a non-practicing Catholic and doesn’t seem to “get it” with the Catholic faith. She thinks that just believing in “a” god/God is sufficient enough for her and that she doesn’t need to attend Mass (she never does). She doesn’t seem to understand or contemplate what the Mass is, especially the Eucharist.
What has happened to detach such individuals from really understanding the meaning of Mass and Catholicism? Or rather, what prevents someone like her from really looking into the meaning of why we go to Mass? She was Confirmed and everything…I notice many teenagers now have really no interest in Confirmation. I was one of those people back when I was Confirmed in high school. Bad catechesis? Lack of interest? I know the parents need to be involved to a high degree and if they’re not practicing, you can be rest assured that the kids/teenagers will not be either. My mom however, was highly involved in our Confirmation classes (she taught some of them).
My sister has no interest in discussing Catholicism with her. I guess it’s aggravating for me, because I lack the patience to deal with non-Catholic family members; my father especially hates the Catholic faith. It’s one thing to deal with strangers, but it’s so much harder dealing with family members. My sister and I are just 360 degrees away from each other when it comes to Catholicism. I was once a staunch individual like her and now that I’m “re-converted,” I can no longer understand why I chose to be that way.
I have found that it can be easier to share my faith when I share the Rosaries I make. I would hope the Rosaries I make are “planting seeds,” but the one I made for my father just got thrown onto his dresser and now sits there, wasting away. It really does hurt me inside, for whatever reason. Other than that, I have no other idea how to share my Catholic faith.
Obviously I’m not the only one who has encountered these problems?