My teenage son does not know if he wants to be Catholic, in fact he is not even sure if he even believes in God. When the subject comes up between us, my response, quite frankly is usually terse and accompanied with a tone much louder and more frustration-filled than I intend it to be. The result of the pain in my heart hearing his words which cut much deeper than he intends them to. I blame myself for his faith struggle, wondering what I could have done better or differently, and if it is now too late to make a difference. Yet the truth remains despite my greatest efforts, or at least my best attempt that my greatest efforts, my son is not sure where he stands with the faith that I love so very much.
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Under the heading of “God’s perfect timing”, comes the book The Prodigal You Love by Sr. Theresa Aletheia, FSP published through Pauline Books and Media. I purchased this book when the Daughters of St. Paul were vendors at a retreat I was hosting. My choice based on an assumption that the book would help me minister to future attendees of my Seeking Faith retreats. However, as soon as I began to read, it was clear the book was additionally meant for me. As I read, I could not help but recall St. Paul’s teaching about the trials and suffering. In 2 Corinthians, Paul explains that which God has comforted us in through His son, at some point, will be called to comfort others.
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