“Who Told You That Your Worth is Less than what God Tells You it is?” 0
BY ONEPETERFIVE ON JUNE 22, 2016 CATHOLIC VOICES
Editor’s note: we received the following letter from “Alice”, a woman who was born in Asia and adopted by an American couple at seven months of age. She grew up Catholic. Then, several months before she was to graduate high school, her adoptive mother “dropped a bomb on our family.” She had decided to leave her husband to pursue a relationship with another woman. Alice grew confused and found herself unable to understand how to relate to her mother’s new situation, so she chose to accept her, “not knowing that I was accepting her lifestyle, too.” Things became difficult after her parents divorced, and eventually Alice stopped talking to her mother, and was out of contact with her for over a decade.
Alice later got married and had children of her own. She writes:
I had a conversion of heart on my maternity leave with my youngest son who is now three. (After my conversion of heart, I felt I was faced with a choice and I ran to confession after 20+ years, discovered the TLM then sprinted there. Everything got better for me, spiritually and temporally, after that.)
Earlier this year, somehow my mother found me on Facebook and left a message. She asked me if we could have a relationship, or at least a Facebook relationship. After a few months of processing this surprise message, I prayed, talked to my confessor, and wrote [the following] response to her.
Sue thinks it is important for others in situations like hers to understand that wayward parents need prayers, but also boundaries. She lays out those boundaries in her letter to her mother: