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Nov 17, 2020

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, many adult children will return home to the loving embrace of parents. In these challenging times, parents undoubtedly worry about their sons and daughters, especially those who live far away from home. Some, for one reason or another, may have even wandered away from the faith upon which they were raised. Parents, if your child does not appear to have the religious convictions and faith you want for them, do not become discouraged. Rather, keep planting the seeds of faith. Never tire of asking God for the grace for your children to return to their spiritual home. Look for the opportunity for discussion, continue to love and encourage them, and perhaps extend an invitation to join you at church. But know this: If they see your love for them, they will know the doorway of faith is always open.