When a BOOK is a Blessing
My 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 from 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.
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. 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 primarily meant to counsel and console me. It reminded me to entrust my son to God. Entering my life at that moment in parenting when we realize our children have their own journey. Even if their choices are not the ones we may have chosen for them; to trust in the fact, they are first and foremost God's children. He cares infinitely more than we could ever do; and wills their good infinitely more than we could ever as well.
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.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with St. Theresa Aletheia during an interview on my radio show, A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras. Sr. Theresa, an atheist turn Daughter of St. Paul, lays out a guide to inviting our loved ones back to the Church. “It is not a script”, she clarifies, “People want a script but we are all too complex for one answer fits all.” She went on to explain, “Like no two snowflakes are alike neither are the reasons to people leave or reject the Catholic Church.” Since I was in the middle of Snowmageddon 2015, at the time; her snowflake analogy was not lost on me.
Here are 10 lessons I learned from the insightful writings of Sr. Theresa Aletheia in The Prodigal You Love:
Copyright 2015, Allison Gingras