Over the past 8 or 9 years I have done a lot of self-study about the Catholic faith and have tried to apply the principles to my life and how I raise my boys. My New Years resolution for my faith life was to pray the rosary daily and be a more “Christian” person altogether (i.e. clean up my language, be kinder, calm my temper) etc…
Last night I’m at a function at the Catholic high school that my son attends. I go out afterwards with some Moms and some of them were talking about a particularly devout Catholic mother who is not in attendance. I felt the need to defend this woman and am absolutely shocked at some of the things that come out of these seemingly Catholic women who are paying big bucks to send their kids to Catholic school. We were talking about Sunday mass and the difficulty with teenagers and getting them motivated to go. One of them actually spoke up and said that the Catholic religion is the only religion that taught that it is a mortal sin if you miss mass! I kindly told her that is part of our Catholic faith. She went on to say that pushing religion down a kids throat will only worsen the problem and that since I have all boys unless they marry Catholics, they will likely leave the church for whatever faith their wives are! I again kindly told her that my own mother converted to the Catholic faith when she married my father (a boy!). The discussion eventually went to birth control and the archaic (sp?) views of the Catholic church. Also, the fact that the Catholic church changed it’s views (I’m assuming Vatican II) due to the numbers that were leaving. I told her that I don’t think our Faith should be compromised or changed based on what feels good to some!
I have to defend myself to those outside the church but why those that are supposedly Catholic? I feel that if I were to just sit by in this whole conversation and said nothing they all would have felt that I agreed with their views! I just can’t do this! Why is it so hard for some to accept the fact that some of us do follow the teaching of the Church? It’s as if they are trying to defend themselves against those of us who have chosen a more devout way! They don’t have to defend themselves to me because I have 3 people (my boys) and myself to answer for in the end.
I guess I just needed to vent.