I’m the only Catholic in my family. I just recently converted, in fact. My parents didn’t support my decision the entire process of RCIA, but allowed me to do as I wished, seeing as I was 18. Then, randomnly, on the actual day of Easter Vigil, they became extremely supportive and happy for me. What a blessing!
Yet, three months later now, they have begun to sink back into their unsupportive stance. It’s not necessarily that they tell me I can’t go to Mass or anything like that… but they definitely have that tone, if you know what I mean. They don’t vocal it or anything, but I can sense it by their reactions when I say I’m leaving for Mass or other subtle things.
What is more, they don’t particularly care for me really “getting into” my faith. They seem to think that I should only be doing the minimal: church on Sunday. That’s it. But I want to be involved and I want to grow deeper in my faith. I love going to daily Mass, Adoration, youth events, etc. Yet I have to be so careful on what I tell them I’m going to do and which ones I’m going to ask to go to, so that I don’t go overboard with them and not be able to do anything.
I suppose my inquiry will be to all the parents on this board… If your child was branching out in a different belief system than you, how would you want them to approach you about it? What are the best ways to make sure that I don’t hurt my parents’ feelings, but still am allowed to practice my faith as fully as I should like?
Most importantly: How do I show that my believing a certain way does not mean that I think lowly of my parents?
Because I almost wonder if these feelings are behind their unsupportive behavior.
By the way, my parents are not religious at all. My father is agnostic and my mom is a Christian (not really practicing of any sort, but believes in God).