Without getting into another religious debate, I’d just like to say how refreshing the new Pope’s latest comments were about who will and who will not be “saved.” With that said, my mother is not on the same page as the Pope and is consequently making coming home to visit unbearable for me because she views my lifestyle as an abomination.
I’m not sure where she gets off thinking that she can dictate who I do and do not worship. I’m at my limit and I may be the first person to ever do this but I’m about to “break-up” with my mother and never go home again. She won’t change, and I won’t change, so what other choice do I have?
Sincerely, Sinning Apparently
Dear Sinning Apparently,
Don’t break up with your mother.
She loves you and even if it doesn’t feel like it, this faith debate is probably more about her wanting to make sure you have a happy and fulfilling life than it is about trying to drive you crazy.
Religion can be hard to talk about. For many people, faith is a sacred thing and even a slight disagreement can feel like an insult. Instead of debating with her who will be saved or if you should go to church, why not talk about something that you both can agree on?
Like the fact that you both want a healthy relationship, or the fact that as an adult there are a lot of decisions that you’ll be making that she may not agree with but that doesn’t mean that you don’t respect her or your upbringing.
If you show dedication to your relationship, and emphasize your desire for mutual respect, with patience, she will hopefully follow your example.
Readers: How do you handle familial disagreements? Have you ever “broken up” with a family member? Do you have any regrets?
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