Ever since I returned to the Church about a year ago, I have been feeling so bad about the fact that I now have a rich, full and happy life--but my parents don't. I feel like I have left them behind, and it has made me feel very guilty.
Suddenly, today, I realized that it was their choice to live as they have, and it is not my fault! There was nothing stopping them from staying close to a church, or even possibly converting to Catholicism after I did--they certainly received a lot of exposure to the Faith, since they came with me to many events in my parish, and after I entered the convent, they visited me frequently while I was there and had many conversations with the other Sisters.
When I began the process of applying to become a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, their only question was, "how will this impact us?" Once I reassured them that I was not going to leave them, they never asked any more questions. And even now, when I go to something related to Church, they almost never express any interest or curiosity, other than "when will you get home?" --or comments that amount to "you spend too much time there."
I suddenly feel very liberated! I am not responsible for the choices they have made, or have not made! All I am responsible for, is to continue to pray that their hearts will become open to Him, and they will want to live their lives with Him and for Him, as I am trying to do. Blessed be God forever! +