:crying: Yesterday I had a person whom I thought was a Catholic friend begin to debate me while visiting my home. I knew she has been exploring the New Age ideas, but thought it was simply to inform herself. I didn’t know that she has been deep into practicing it for years until yesterday.
I now realize she has been trying to convert me to this. When I explained that I do not believe in reincarnation and why, she seemed to become upset. She believes there is no heaven or hell, no real sin or evil. She asked if I were disappointed that I could not be a priest and I said “no, I have a vocation, as a wife and mother. Jesus had women with him in his ministry and treated them with respect and equality but did not make any of them priests.” She laughed at me.
I think this was triggered by the fact that I went to the March for Life in DC. She says she is prolife but I think she must believe that it is not that big of a deal because of reincarnation.
She was mocking me, but in reality she was not mocking me she was mocking Jesus, because everything she was mocking about me are qualities that are not me, but brought about by the grace of God. I treated her with much kindness and calmly answered her questions but she was very mocking, treating me like I am somehow “less evolved.” Saying things like “I am boggling your mind with theological debate” as if I am too weak to handle debate. I tried to explain that I debate these things online for fun. Debate doesn’t bother me, but she was a little more personal than that.
I feel a little hurt, but most importantly I feel that in my desire to have a friend for myself and my children that I allowed this apostasy into my home, that someone I considered a very good friend would stand in my home and blaspheme God, with very little respect for me or my home and family.
I have begun to realize that the New Age movement is so tantalizing because the leaders promote themselves and followers as more evolved souls… anyone who reads it and buys into it comes to believe they are more evolved than everyone else.
In her view, because I am a devout Catholic, I am “less evolved” foolish and something to be mocked for, as she put it, following Christianity the perfect religion for slaves. When I mentioned following God’s will at one point she said that the Christian God is a megalomaniac. She says she is a pantheistic, New Age Catholic. Before anyone asks, yes she goes to Mass and receives the Eucharist and apparently says the creed. She says she is Catholic by birth so her soul has something to learn from it and if she stays she may help to change the Church.
I care about her and her children very much, but certainly I will protect my family from this. I prayed from a spiritual warfare prayer book over my children last night as they slept and to myself, to denounce the occult, witchcraft, etc. I will pray for her. I must admit that mental illness may be playing a part in this, because she seems to be *obsessed *with the enneagram.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Did you ever become very close friends with someone only to find out they really don’t respect you at all, but are hoping to change you? Or have you ever become friends with a fellow Catholic only to have them tell you something like this?