I have an issue concerning my daughter and I don’t know how to handle it. My daughter has been out of town for two or three weeks visiting family. In addition, my brother-in-law has had a recent “St. Paul at Damascus” type of religious experience and has made a hard core conversion to the Christian faith. His faith is not Catholic, nor is it even mainline Protestant. It would be more along the lines of Evangelical Fundamentalist.
Anyway, after my daughter returned home she announced that she was “saved.” She no longer is Catholic nor does she feel good about attending Mass. Much of the usual anti-Catholic thinking has been put in her head. She doesn’t believe in purgatory, doesn’t believe in the Eucharist, doesn’t believe in confessing sins, etc. I try to talk to her as unbiased as possible, share her my experience of converting to Catholicism, tell her that she needs to study these issues deeper, and that many great minds have tackled with these issues: trying to imply that a 14-year-old can’t be so certain with her answers. It is difficult having my 14-year-old daughter charge me with “facts of certainty” as if it were new news to me, without her having the understanding or appreciation of my own religious path that has tackled and studied these issues myself.
In a way, I am happy for her. I am happy that a 14-year-old even has an interest in Christianity. At the same time, to be honest, I am horrified, and felt like I have left my daughter in “good hands” only to have her returned permanently damaged. My own daughter is now a victim of an epidemic that is a plague to the Church. I just don’t know what to do.
Thank you for any help.