Religion/Faith/Catholicism “became too dominant” at my parents insistance …
I could potentially phrase it that way, and I wouldn’t be twisting and bending the truth THAT much.
I was 9 months out of the Local Church, but also 9 months out of any organized religion, and drifting aimlessly. I had finally figured out how to regain my 15 lost pounds, and how to “live” without religion. If you could call that living.
I did not want to go to that funeral Mass for an old Catholic elementary school classmate. My parents insisted at 10pm the night before that I attend it.
Just before Communion, I told God “I’m giving you one last chance, and this time it better be good, or I’m gone forever!”
Well, He’s certainly made it good, hasn’t He?
Now, nearly two years later mom and dad complain and whine about my faith. They put more energy into trying to sway me. They vigorously speak against Catholicism although they raised me in it, and it’s almost as if they feel threatened by it. Why not take some of that energy and put it towards understanding the Catholic Church, and realize its not a “big bad wolf” at all?
I’ve been in their faithless world for 9 months, and folks, it was dark and hellish.
You can’t get me to trade the Light for all that darkness; not a thing in the world will convince me.
Dad, the only one who knows about the Local Church, tries to use it against me. Says that I can’t let religion be dominant, and that I’ve had trouble before. Hah! That’s because I did not know my Bible, now I drop quotes and verses often enough because some of my best college friends are Baptists and other Protestants (memorising verses are important to them). Don’t try to tell me what is and is not Catholicism or a genuine Christian doctrine or dogma if you yourself are ignorant of what is!
Aye, a little to late they are. I love it, even when it gets me trouble from my parents; well, when they don’t like it, I like God even better. Just like two disgruntled teenagers whose parents don’t want them to be seeing each other; the relationship grows stronger. Not the direction that my parents desire, is it?
I laughed when I first read that religiousity was my VIA strength, ahd how the top strenght is usually reported to be fun, great, and also a point of trouble for people.