Growing up in a latino household religion was very important to our family and my mom made sure we respected our catholic faith. We were good católicos (catholics) and attended misa (church) every Sunday. When I was a young girl, attending religious instruction classes were just as important as any extra curricular activities that I had – you didn’t miss it. My parents always instilled in us that no matter how difficult life could get we always had our faith and that prayer would get us through anything.
As I became an adult, I have to admit attending church every Sunday soon became a rarity but my faith never left me. I always knew that one day I would have children of my own and I would raise them as catholics.
Well that day has arrived, I am a proud to announce that last week my son received his last rite of passage as a catholic – his confirmation. I have to admit I was not only proud of my son for achieving this spiritual milestone but I was also proud of myself for encouraging him to complete his last holy sacrament. As moms, we don’t always take a moment and just acknowledge that we did a “Great job!” There were days that my son bellyached when he had to attend his confirmation classes but we discussed the importance of it and he stuck it out and learned that his faith was and is an important part of his life.
I have never been a person that feels that attending church every Sunday was the only way to show a testament of my faith and I know to some you would disagree. However, what I do believe is as a parent is I have a responsibility and that is to provide my children with a spiritual foundation and expose them to their religion in the best way I know. Ultimately, allowing them to explore it in more depth when they are adults and making their own decisions.
So for all the parents out there I want to say to you “Great job!” keep teaching your children in the best way that you can. They will thank you one day – I promise!