I have several friends with teenagers who are struggling, and struggling mightily with a wide variety of teen angst and issues and I’ve been praying for and with them pretty regularly now. It’s heart wrenching. It’s terrifying. It’s real. It’s life. It’s a time of exercising Trust and Faith in the One who these children ultimately belong to. Hoping and praying we’ve built that solid foundation. Praying we’ve planted that mustard seed on fertile soil. With 4 kiddos of our own and two who are currently teens, I have full expectations that we too, will face our own struggles in these hormone-laden years. We watch and we wait and we live each day in trial and error, learning as we go and gleaning wisdom and example from those around us.
The faults of children are not always imputed to the parents, especially when they have instructed them and given good example. Our Lord, in His wonderous Providence, allows children to break the hearts of devout fathers and mothers. Thus the decisions your children have made don’t make you a failure as a parent in God’s eyes. You are entitled to feel sorrow, but not necessarily guilt. Do not cease praying for your children; God’s grace can touch a hardened heart. Commend your children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When parents pray the Rosary,at the end of each decade they should hold the Rosary aloft and say to her,”With these beads bind my children to your Immaculate Heart”, she will attend to their souls.
— St. Louise de Marillac
There is hope, parents. There is grace abundant. Keep fighting the fight.
Happy Papal Inauguration Day!