What to Do If Your Kids Leave the Church (Father Simon Says)

Are you discouraged about your children who are away from the faith? You may be heartbroken that you did everything you were supposed to do, and yet they still rejected the most important part of their lives. How can you as a parent remain hopeful? What should you do?

In this podcast of Father Simon Says, a distressed caller named Jamie seeks advice about her 19-year-old son who recently declared himself an atheist. She expresses her concern as they had raised their children to be strong Catholics. The son had been dealing with depression, and Jamie is struggling to cope with his disbelief in God.

Fr. Simon advises Jamie not to cut off ties with her son but acknowledges there might not be much she can do, emphasizing the importance of prayer. He addresses the son’s assertion that he doesn’t believe in God, stating that he is actually expressing an opinion rather than disbelief. Fr. Simon argues that God exists by definition and suggests that the son explore the teachings of Jesus in the Bible to make an informed decision.

He reassures Jamie by sharing the story of St. Monica and St. Augustine, highlighting that persistent prayers can lead to a positive outcome. Fr. Simon advises Jamie to continue praying for her son and emphasizes God’s faithfulness in such situations.

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Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.