Something I’ve been working on the past couple years is trying to build a stronger foundation of faith for my family. I was brought up Catholic, spent 12 years in Catholic schools and was pretty steadfast in my faith up until college. My mother always expected us to go to Mass and be good Catholics, but she never really discussed what that meant or why we should do it. I tried getting back into it when my wife & I got married, and then again a few years later, but a string of negative experiences kept pushing me away. I made a big turnaround a few years ago and was making some real headway until our littlest was born. We’ve struggled with Mass attendance since then for a variety of reasons, which is something I’m really working to overcome.
My wife never attended Catholic schools, and although her parents took her to Mass semi-regularly up through junior high, they never sent her to CCD (or whatever it’s called now), never discussed religion with her and pretty much dropped any effort at fostering her faith by the time she hit her teens. As a result, she doesn’t have the best idea of what it means to be a Catholic or what’s really expected of her in regards to the Church. I’m doing my best to steer her in the right direction, but it can be a struggle at times.
We put our son through 12 years of Catholic schools, but religion was never his favorite subject. Unfortunately, most of that time was also when I wasn’t feeling all that good about being part of the Church myself. Making matters worse, he had one friend who was very anti-Catholic who filled his head with a ton of misinformation. He then took a religions of the world class with a teacher who had a very anti-Catholic/pro-Islam slant. I keep trying to talk to him about the Church, but it can get tedious hearing about how oppressive the Catholic Church is and how peaceful and wonderful Islam is.
Our girls are getting a fairly good religious foundation from the school, but I want to do my best to not only keep them going in the right direction, but get my wife and son moving that way as well. I also know that a lot of what I was taught growing up wasn’t quite in line with the Church’s actual teachings and that I have a whole lot of room for improvement. If anyone has any advice, recommendations for what we could do better as a family or resources that would help me out, I’d be extremely grateful.