Concerns about Catholicism
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(10-16-2019, 05:38 PM)Augustinian Wrote: The most church I had was as a Methodist for about 3 years as a kid, otherwise I avoided Christianity like the plague until around 2017. As of right now, I have no friends who are Catholics, my wife is non-religious, my sister, my parents are all irreligious. I'm basically alone in this. My godfather moved to England right after I was baptized/confirmed. So all I've had to lean on for any sort of Catholic social networking are places like this forum. Otherwise it's a lot of reading and praying on my own at home.

I get you.  That sounds challenging.  Although, in some ways the complete indifference to religion around you can be better than outright hostility, for instance, if your entire family were evangelicals who thought you were damning yourself.  Do you get the sense that the SSPX parish could be a place where you could really build a life?  Do you get warm and fuzzy feelings from it?  Are there any other people your age there?  Do they have kids?  Also: Do they have some sort of religious education for your kids?

The part about your wife is a little tricky too.  Obviously, you know that situation and I do not; I feel as though if you are able to really enmesh yourself in a community at this parish where you make friends and share a life with your kids, then that will be the best possible scenario for coaxing your wife into coming along eventually.

I think my advice would be to get to know someone at the parish you choose as soon as possible.  At the SSPX one, I might just talk to the priest and ask if he can connect you with someone approximately your age or especially who has kids of a similar age.  In my experience, priests are usually happy to do this and typically have someone in mind.  That can be a fairly graceful way of getting your foot in the door of the community.

Again, I know all this isn't entirely related to your OP, but I firmly believe this is the step you need to take to resolve the issues you are grappling with.
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Concerns about Catholicism - by Augustinian - 10-16-2019, 10:08 AM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by 1Faith - 10-16-2019, 10:51 AM
Concerns about Catholicism - by Augustinian - 10-16-2019, 11:13 AM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by jack89 - 10-16-2019, 12:47 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Bonaventure - 10-16-2019, 02:15 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Augustinian - 10-16-2019, 05:38 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Imperator Caesar Trump - 10-16-2019, 07:16 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Fionnchu - 10-17-2019, 12:00 AM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by MaryTN - 10-16-2019, 07:29 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Augustinian - 10-16-2019, 09:49 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Melkite - 10-17-2019, 09:11 AM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Ioannes_L - 10-16-2019, 01:48 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by jack89 - 10-16-2019, 02:35 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Bonaventure - 10-16-2019, 02:43 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by jack89 - 10-16-2019, 02:56 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by FultonFan - 10-16-2019, 03:32 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by LionHippo - 10-16-2019, 11:59 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Augustinian - 10-17-2019, 12:10 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by 1Faith - 10-17-2019, 12:40 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Some Guy - 10-17-2019, 01:36 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Melkite - 10-17-2019, 02:13 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by jack89 - 10-17-2019, 02:28 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by 1Faith - 10-17-2019, 02:34 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by jovan66102 - 10-17-2019, 05:04 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Augustinian - 10-17-2019, 05:05 PM
Concerns about Catholicism - by 1Faith - 10-17-2019, 08:49 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by LionHippo - 10-17-2019, 09:54 PM
Concerns about Catholicism - by 1Faith - 10-17-2019, 11:32 PM
RE: Concerns about Catholicism - by Some Guy - 10-18-2019, 12:18 PM



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