My folks raised a family of 8 children and tried their best to pass the Catholic faith to all of us.
Now, my oldest sibling is 37 and my youngest 18, and to see the result is SO very depressing.
We got together for Easter dinner and several of my siblings sat out in the living room bashing the church for this and for that. I tried my best to argue with them, but it’s hard when you are the only one in the room who feels that way.
My second oldest brother is married with two beautiful children and they NEVER go to church and his wife is taking the pill because while she understands NFP and knows how to use it, she doesn’t want to have to abstain. My sister who is just below me in age is about to have her tubes tied and my 19-year-0ld unwed sister is on the pill. She had a baby earlier this year and gave him up for addoption. I feel like she has learned nothing from her experiance and just gives me lipservace when I try to talk to her about it.
My siblings all think I’m nuts and don’t understand the real world because of my views about birth controle, faith in one God, the need for Tradition and to go to Mass regularly.
My husband and I have been open to life since were wed two years ago and have not yet been blessed and to see my siblings who have perfect fertility cut it off is SO very depressing.
Does anyone else get their spirits down because of these kinds of family problems? How do you deal with this? There are times I just want to strangle my siblings!
I turn it over to prayer, but it’s times like Easter Sunday, when we should be thinking God and praising Him for saving us, they want to sit around and bash His church, that I just get so upset and feel like it’s a lost cause.
Any advice for my disfunctional family?