Hello everyone. Glory be to Jesus Christ!
It is my first time on the forum and I am asking you all to pray for my son Stephen. He is 17 years old and we have always gone to church as a family. He was raised in an Orthodox home. He told me today that he doesn't think he needs a religion in his life right now. He is questioning the Liturgy, Communion, the Gospel readings, etc. He doesn't think God guides us in our lives. He labeled himself as a "realist" and said that his decisions are made by himself and nothing else is influencing him. I feel a piercing in my heart just as the Theotokos did when Christ was on the cross. I never expected this and I feel like I got hit with a 2 x 4 piece of wood.
Please pray that God makes Himself present to Stephen. I am also praying to St. Monica for her intercession.