I have three daughters. They've all grown up and moved from home.
They are good, caring young women. They all have jobs - something to be thankful for these days.
But not one of them has remained Catholic. None of them goes to church - any church. They hold views on some issues that go against Catholic teachings.
Only one is married, and she's getting divorced. There are no grandchildren - and there doesn't seem any chances of even one in the near future.
I know that they are adults and so how they live is between them and God. I can't make them believe or go to church.
And I know that they are young and that like many other young people they may eventually return to faith.
But there's still a part of me that looks at my own personal and faith failings and how they affected them. I was not always the best Catholic - I even left the Church for a while. I have not always acted in the most Christian ways. My marriage to their mother failed for a number of reasons, some of them my fault.
Had I been a better role model, had I been a better father and husband, had I acted more proactively, maybe their paths would be different. Maybe.
Or maybe not.
But still, I have to take responsibility for not doing a better job as a father and a spiritual shepherd.
God forgive me.
Pax et bonum