Having reached the Age of Defiance — perhaps aged twelve years — one of our children informed me that he had decided not to continue attending church. I am sure he was expecting one of the boilerplate responses that parents used back then. Because I’m the adult and you’re the child! Or: because I provide for all your needs and expenses. Or: Because I said so. That wasn’t my parenting style. I told him that I wanted him to carefully consider why a person would choose to go to Mass, and left it at that. In a couple weeks, he returned to the fold, havingRead More →