God of Division
High on the list of unpleasantries for Catholics striving for integration and authenticity is sticking with a faith principle that creates discord with a family member. I have such a dynamic in my family, and the issue re-asserted itself when celebrating our daughter Gianna’s 1st Communion. Gratefully, the incident was low drama and over quickly. Yet, it did rush a stream of cortisol throughout my veins.
Partially-informed observers misunderstand and often deem such actions as un-Christian. These situations can be complex. Many on the sidelines buy into the “why can’t we all just get along” approach, and tend to be poorly formed in their faith. For them spiritual warfare is a plot in a fantasy film.
Prudence requires prayer, support, and good counsel to determine the correct course of action with difficult family members. Detachment from human respect helps you implement the plan.
The bottom line is you can’t worry what others think. When you are convicted, you must act accordingly.
Satan is the god of division. Even in discord you can love another person; if necessary, from afar. But, no matter what, you can’t give in on the non-negotiable.
Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Tip: Get good counsel on ways to make your most strained primary family relationship better.