Blanchette spoke from the heart of his own plight to keep his two adult sons believing in Christ. To no avail, after being raised in the Church, they left just after high school, claiming to be atheists. And they are not alone, according to a 2016 PEW report, about 79% of Catholics leave the Church before the age of 23.
As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, we all need to understand why so many young people are abandoning their faith, Blanchette urged the crowd. He is on a campaign to find better ways to prepare teens and young adults to withstand the faith challenges they will encounter in the world around them.
As this talk was called “Doubt” and focused on the barrage of readily available anti-Christian literature and lack of a faithful culture surrounding today’s young people, his next talk called “The Resurrection” will focus on the factual truth behind The Passion and Resurrection and why it is more than theological assumption. Blanchette’s premise is on moving beyond the pure emotion so many have relied on and into the evidence behind Christianity to keep kids believing.
He offered up some literature to help folks start to develop dialog to better explain their faith to their children:
The Case for the Risen Jesus, Gary Habermas
Handbook of Christian/Catholic Apologetics, Peter Kreeft and Fr. Ronald Tacelli S.J.
The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel
Let us remember St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, who prayed with great gusto in the years he rejected Christ. Of course, he eventually came around in a big way and became one of the greatest Doctors of the Church! Never underestimate the power of prayer!
Please Pray with Us:
Dear St. Monica, exemplary mother of the Great St. Augustine,
You perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Please intercede for all parents in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. May the Holy Spirit open their ears and hearts so they may hear this invitation to come home.