Q. 1. My spouse, although a Catholic, has never been involved in the Church? What I mean is that when I go to Church on Sunday, I go alone. When I ask my spouse to join me on Sunday, I feel that I am nagging. I do not want to see this issue damaging our marital relationship. So what do I do to obtain a change of heart?
A. 1. I can appreciate your delicate situation. While you have a Christian obligation to encourage your spouse to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, you cannot force your spouse to do so.
First and utmost, pray for a conversion of heart, that your spouse may be touched by the grace of God and see the benefits of sharing one's faith in a faith community such as your local Church. At the same time, keep in mind that God works at His own pace. When the Lord shall determine that it is the opportune time to touch the heart of your spouse, such shall take place.
In the meantime, I encourage you to continue to invite your spouse to attend Church with you when you are going. All you have to say is, "I am going to Church this morning. If you want to join me, you are welcomed to do so." In time, your persistance in prayers and invitations should become fruitful. My prayers are with you.