"Dead" to my parents--is there anything I can do?
I come from a very LDS (Mormon) family. I had been raised LDS, and although I was taught some excellent and extremely beneficial morals, I never felt any indication of God's presence. Three years ago, against my parent's wishes, I decided to look into other faiths. I didn't know what to expect. After some time, I had a personal experience where I felt something I hadn't before; a deep sense of understanding, love, and hope. It was from that point on that I knew God's spirit is, without a doubt, in the Catholic Church. After a few years of study, reading, prayer, fasting, and support from Catholic friends, I decided to join The Church. I asked my parents for permission to learn more and, naturally, they refused.
This last year I left to college, a long way from home, and I was given my chance to take part in an RCIA class. I decided to be baptized and receive my first communion this Easter. However, I had yet to tell my parents.
About a month ago, I decided that I needed to be honest with my family and tell them how I felt and what I had decided for myself. During what was the most nerve racking phone conversation of my entire life, I testified of my faith and asked for their love and understanding. My reply was the sound of a phone being hung up.
Two days later, I received an email from my parents that told me, in short, that I was no longer part of the family and that I, by deciding to convert, have shown that I could not possibly love my family any longer. They also mentioned that they feel as if I have died, and that they shall never be part of my life again. They told me that I am not to come home ever again.
After many unanswered phone calls, emails, and even written letters, I have become increasingly worried about losing my family. I know that the Church is true. I cannot deny it. I don't want to lose my parents or my brother and sisters. I love them with all my heart.
My RCIA leader and my priest have both told me that time heals all wounds, and that I just need to hang in there and continue praying... but it is still hard to take the stress.
Is there anything more I can do? Is there anyone out there that has experienced something like this that can offer me some wisdom about this?
If not, please pray for my parents, I know that they are in pain as well.