Hi everyone, I haven’t posted here in a while, and when I did, it wasn’t very often, so this feels a little awkward, but I have I question that I keep thinking about.
My sister through most of her teenage life has been drawing away from the Catholic Church toward Protestant churches. She rarely missed Mass (mostly because I think she didn’t want to upset my parents), and now that she’s gone at college (a Protestant one), she will not go to Mass, instead going to a Protestant church. Whenever I would say something about Protestant teaching and what I thought was wrong with it, she would instantly get defensive and start arguing with me. She also attended CCD for 8 years, but she hated it.
Here’s my dilemma: When she comes home from college, she wants to go to Mass with us because she misses my parents and siblings and wants to spend as much time with them as possible. Having been educated in CCD, I thought that she would know that receiving the Eucharist is a grave matter if one misses Mass, but she receives anyway when she’s here. I’m not so sure if she knows she shouldn’t, even though she was in CCD. I’ve been scrupulous for a while now, and it feels like if I somehow don’t put a stop to this, then this is partially on me. I’ve never gone up to her and talked about this, because I think it would just be a big argument, that would eventually end with her saying that all denominations lead to God anyway. Not thinking that talking to her would benefit much, I went to my mom to talk about this, but she pretty much blew me off. I think she too would be a little scared to confront my sister.
So either she knows about what’s wrong with this and she does it anyway, or she doesn’t even know that it could be wrong. Do you think she fully knows what she’s doing and accepts it, or despite CCD, has no idea this is not a good thing?
In the case that she doesn’t know, do I talk to her about it? In the case that she does know, do I let it go, knowing that it’s on her conscious? Talking to her about it would be really uncomfortable, but if I had to, I guess I would. That probably is the only solution, but I wanted to ask the people here. I’m really confused.
Thanks for any help you might have.
P.S. Is this is the right place? I’m not really sure about where this should go…