I was wondering if any of you could say a prayer for my father.
He’s a very good man. I strive to be like him. I truly love him, and I really think that he’s a kind person. He works his butt off nearly everyday in a harsh environment, without a word of complaint. He truly tries to help other people. Just thinking about his virtues right now brings tears of love to my eyes.
But he does have one serious fault, which is that he’s no longer a Catholic. He’s been convinced by the new-agey/buddhist crowd (though he is definitely not you’re typical wishy-washy indulgent new-ager).
Therefore, I would love it if you’d pray for his conversion to the True Faith. I’ve been working him towards it, slowly. I try not to push every point, just explaining to the best of my ability why the Church believes what it believes, such as on sex - that sex isn’t “bad”, but, representing the union of a man to his wife, is, in a certain sense, sacred, and that Catholics just believe that we should use our genitalia the way they were made, being open to the possibility of conception. Things like that.
He’s not too far, I don’t think. From speaking with him I’ve learned that Buddhism isn’t nearly as far from Catholicism as one might think at first. Their morality is very similar to ours, emphasizing compassion and gentleness. He also acknowledges Jesus and his teachings - he just doesn’t believe Jesus was really the Son of God; or maybe he does, but he doesn’t believe in the Church. To be honest I’m not totally aware of his beliefs on Jesus, they seem pretty confused at this point. Basically his sin is spiritual pride. He believes that God is inside all of us and that therefore we can all choose how to live our lives to get to God.
So yeah, please pray for my dad. I’m NOT trying to criticize him. He’s no hippie. He’s a very good man. I love him more than words can express. I just want him to enjoy the fullness of the faith, and be more assured of his salvation.