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Blame When a Child Falls Away

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My son was three years old when my husband had a serious car accident. My husband ended up having a traumatic brain injury. That was nearly twenty years ago. Obviously, this caused multiple issues in my family. My son is now claiming to be an atheist. I am blaming myself for this. I struggled to pass on the faith and raised my son largely on my own.  Given how much there was on my plate, I feel that I was not a good parent. How can I bring my son back to God?

Response

I know families that pray daily, go to Mass every Sunday and had their children catechized to receive their sacraments… and still there are some that stray from the faith. Blaming yourself will not help. We live in a society where modernity targets faith for ridicule. What can you do? Pray for your family and continue to witness by your life what the faith means to you. Maybe in time this testimony of yours will bring your son home to the safe harbor of faith?

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