Raising your kids Catholic and doing what you can to ensure they remain immersed in the divine faith of the Church is challenging in today’s world, to say the least. Over the years, I’ve found certain things to be really helpful for me and my children.
Imagine a world where Catholics are known as “those guys.” Those folks who are giving, joyful, compassionate, and loving. Those who tip graciously, speak kindly, act honesty, and get to know the poor. Those who listen. Those whose faith penetrates their lives and the lives of others. Those who really care and love and cry and walk beside those who have no one else to walk with them. Wherever they are. Wherever they’re at. Imagine that kind of world.
Come late April I will be out of a job. I recall how Jesus called the future apostles by the seashore. And I keep thinking to myself, “If three fishermen can leave everything and follow Jesus, surely I can change jobs without having panic attacks. Jesus took care of them. Why shouldn’t I believe he will take care of me?”
Anti-Catholic bias is far from dead. Wrong assumptions. Errors. Misunderstandings. Even fear-based propaganda about the Church, what Catholics believe, and how we worship is not uncommon. What’s to be done? Plenty.
Are Catholics “good managers” of the faith? The number of Catholics leaving the Church is staggering. Less than 40% of Catholics say they attended weekly Mass. What’s more, the number of people who identify as “nonreligious” is growing about 30% per year.