"Megan, my older sister (by two years) was the first of our dad's five kids to quit Catholicism. Our mom had grown up a Methodist but converted to Catholicism when I was in junior high school.
The short story is that one year after…"
"Just another thought. You didn't present this dilemma. Your family created it by not respecting your's and your fiance's wishes. It amounts to emotional blackmail, and it is unbecoming of your family to expect…"
"I agree with Peggy....they cannot live your life, & you can't live their's. Religion is wonderful for the creating guilt, but guilt accomplishes absolutely nothing. You have your wedding day planned as you wish, & nobody but…"
"Megan, It is not possible to avoid your family's reaction to your new world view. You can try to be sensitive to their issues, but in the final analysis your family members are responsible for their own feelings. If you try to…"
Any one else out there still recovering from Catholic guilt??I come from an extremely Catholic family/upbringing. In 6 days I will be the first person in my entire extended family not to marry a Catholic in a Catholic Church.My biggest source of stress and apprehension going into my wedding is worry over how my family will react.It was bad enough explaining that I wanted to get married in an art gallery. (My mother told me it 'broke her heart.') But, worse, the wording of my ceremony contains…See More
Unless you were raised by atheist parents, you probably had some recovering to do when you left religion. The purpose of RR is to provide a landing place for people when they jump from religion. With local support groups throughout the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, and real-time resources accessible to everyone, RR is where to turn when faith has lost its luster.See More
"Thanks for the comic strip, Idaho Spud! My husband and I are professional artists. He just quit a good gallery job to paint full time. We certainly got some of those reactions. I didn't understand why. To be able to devote your life to the…"
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"Jonathan Chang's response gets to the heart of the problem. Certainly, I can have a purpose in the sense that I can make myself useful participating in the community, contributing to knowledge, raising and caring for my family, etc. But can I…"