As somebody who goes to Mass every Sunday, Italians will sometimes ask me why I am "religious." Religious, for them, means to practice the Faith.
My answer is always simple: "Grace, yes, but both my parents believed and taught me to believe, too."
And how did they do it at a time when everybody else seemed to fail?!
This is what they did right:
"The faithful should also be shown that there are three blessings of marriage: children, fidelity and the Sacrament. These are blessings which to some degree compensate for the inconveniences..."
-Catechism of the Council of Trent
The Sacrament of Matrimony