I am always heartened when I read something about youth involved in our faith. The latest was a blog post I found this morning.
As I have written here before, I feel in one way I have failed my children by not practicing my faith when I was younger, now they don’t either. This means neither do my grandchildren. I am not quite sure if this is a sin on my part but it certainly isn’t a good thing, after all we are told by God to be good stewards and to pass the Word to our children.
There are some serious problems in this country today. I’ve talked about the erosion of religious liberty, the loss of moral conscience and problems such as the disregard we have for human life, taking millions through abortion. People like me, those who didn’t practice and pass on our faith, have not helped these problems. We perpetuated the myths of the secularists, although unwittingly, such as “God loves us and wants us to feel goes so (insert sin here) isn’t a sin”, or “The Catholic Church wants to control everything you do and doesn’t want you to enjoy life”. And then there is my favorite, “You don’t need to go to confession, after all doesn’t God know everything and see everything? Why do you have to go tell a priest?”
The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” in 2224 states:
The home is the natural environment for initiating a human being into solidarity and communal responsibilities. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies.
If we fail to teach our children to avoid these influences, are society, especially a free society like we have here in the United States could very well disappear.
In Sarah’s blog she starts with:
The culture in which young adults live now is not an easy one. We are expected to be all things to all people. We struggle to find balance in our lives. We battle the stereotypes of being called lazy, entitled and ungrateful. But most difficult of all, we are searching for something
And she is right, the culture is not an easy one. I blame myself and those of my generation for this. Many of us turned away from our faith, allowing the secularist to integrate their ways into our culture, and now we are dealing with the fall out.
In my case I have learned the error of my ways and I hope my children and grandchildren will also change and see the “light”. And this is why when I see young people involved in the faith, who certainly are more into it than I ever was at that age, it makes me feel good about life and that maybe there is hope for us yet. We can only pray it isn’t too late.
2 thoughts on “It All Has to Start at Home”
This is a very good post. I know you feel so badly regrading your kids and grandchildren. I am not telling you this to excuse anything away that you felt you did or did not do. We all have the past of “I wish I….” I have many friends who did everything right! Kids were in Church every Sunday, God was always taught in their homes, prayed together etc… their kids to this day do not go to Church or anything else. Some of these parents are heart broken over it. It is never “too late.” If that is true then there is no need for me to pray, and pray I do!
It is wonderful when our youth are involved. It is so good when they live for God. You know there is not a “generation” of any time in history which was not handed a “bad deal” of some kind from the generation before. In the Bible there is a verse and I cannot remember where, but it states, “The Lord will save us from this “generation.” (I want to say it is in Psalms) No matter where it is at, think how long ago that was. Our generation has made a lot of mistakes, and so did our parents generation and so on and so forth.
You know we and our youth included still have the ability to “choose” right from wrong, and evil from good. Like I always told my kids, “Tell me nothing about rebellion, I am a 60’s child I invented the word.” The youth of today as well, will invent their own “word” also.
The wonderful thing about it is, you are now back in Church. You are living for God, and what a wonderful example you are setting today. Today is what matters. God Bless, SR
Thank you for your kind words. Just keep praying for them (and our country). I was blessed that at age 14, God touched my heart … my life has never been the same. It hasn’t been easy by any means, but it’s worth it! Please know I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.