Hello - this is my first post on this site and I come with several questions about a very distressing situation. My husband and I have been married for 6 years and we have two children, 4 years old and 1 1/2 years old. We were both raised protestant (many different denominations during this time) and converted to Catholicism together several years ago. About 4 months ago (not exactly sure about the timing) my husband stopped receiving communion. I assumed at first that it was because he needed to go to confession but hadn’t made it yet. Anyway time went on and on until a few weeks ago when I finally asked him why he hadn’t been partaking of the Eucharist. He went on to tell me that he has been doubting whether or not God exists. I felt he sounded very near to deciding to forsake the faith and declare himself an atheist. Though he says he still believes that the Catholic way of living is good for society and he wouldn’t change who he is. We discussed it for several hours, but I don’t feel the conversation was very helpful in clarifying much. Needless to say, I was very surprised and incredibly distressed.
So all of that leads me to my questions. The first is how I should approach this with my husband. He hasn’t brought it up again since our first conversation. I tried briefly but we were interrupted by the children. I don’t want to push him but I know this is incredibly important and I don’t want to ignore it either. He is going through a stressful time sensitive period with work, too, so I’m trying to be thoughtful about his stress levels, etc. However, this is unlikely to change very quickly so I don’t know how long to wait. Other than being in almost constant prayer, I don’t know what I ought to do.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.