Originally Posted by Contra Mundum
We get many threads where converts ask for advice on how to deal with friends and family who are against their decision to become Catholic.
But what about reverts? Were there obstacles for you? How did people react and how did you deal with negative attitudes?
Did you then find out who was praying for you while you were lapsed?
When my husband and I came into the Church, I was the revert and he was unbaptised. My side of the family are all catholics, though none practising. My husbands family seems to know who God and Christ are, but have never had any kind of relationship with them.
When we entered the Church we wern't speaking to either side of our families, so no one said anything to us. However, after a year of scripture reading my husband and I decided it was time to find a Church. Our two older daughters had been raised in the Catholic Church with my mom when the were young girls [my mom was attending then. This was during the early 90s] so we grabbed up the kids, we have four, and headed to the local Catholic Church and never left.
The only one in my family who would have been praying for me to have a relationship with the Lord would have been my born again christian cousin. We spoke quite often during my [conversion, or is it reconversion lol] how ever she was NOT supportive of the choice I made and would frequently share her displeasures about it with me! I got a lot of anti-catholic information from her, but by then I was in RCIA and took her lies to our instructors who countered her claims. I of course would share what I had learned from my instructors with her and we only ended up arguing. She would do the tossing out of scripures at me and make me feel stupid. Once I told her, and this was after a year of attending mass, and just starting RCIA, that I was uncomfortable with all the rosary praying I was seeing going on, she told me to "run, get out of there now" I told her "no, I m going to continue for a while longer". Eventually my cousin quit speaking to me, she just wouldn't return my phone calls and always had an excuse.
It also appears I lost my best friend of 30 years because I became a catholic. She is a morman and when, after 5 years of me practicing my faith, she must have realized it wasn't a phase I was going through.....she has basically cut me off...she is on my fb though....but I haven't seen her in almost 10 years....
My cousin and I are talking again. She is AOG and says they realize catholics are christian.... She doesn't try to use the scripture quote stuff on me to often anymore....I have learned to say "Lets look at it"........