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I'm not exactly sure where this should go, but since it directly and overwhelmingly involves my parents...I thought it may fit here.
Ok here's some background, I will be 18 on March 1st this year and of course live with my parents. My father was raised CatholiC, but he met Mom and they're both part of the "church of Christ." It is a very fundamental and anti-catholic church. I of course was raised in this "church" to believe Catholics were wrong and bad.:rolleyes: Many tines I'd argue with my grandparents, who are Catholic. A year and a half ago, I began studying Catholicism. To make a long story short...I fully believe that the Catholic Church is the true Church of God.My Dad would not be happy to know I believe that. He wouldn't be happy to know I'm on this forum either :blush:
I have intended to wait and fully become Catholic and tell my parents when I'm in college. However many strange instances are coming up that are leading me to believe that I may need to tell them sooner. :eek:
My question is....If I truly believe that Christ's Church is the Roman Catholic Church, do I need to stand up and say that? Should I be choosing God over my parents? Doesn't the Bible say that we as Christians will forsake father, mother, brother, and sister for the Kingdom of God? What should I do???:confused:
Thanks very much
God Bless you for you courage & integrity!
The first & most important thing you must do is PRAY, PRAY, PRAY & God will guide you!
Once you are 18, you are legally considered an adult & must do what you know is right, but you must also be kind, loving & respectful towards your parents.
You said; "My Dad would not be happy to know I believe that. He wouldn't be happy to know I'm on this forum either." i am sure this will not be easy, but you must look at it as a way to witness to your own parents.** You are lucky to have Catholic grandparents, many converts have no Catholic family & are initially total outcasts.
Be realistic, they will not be happy & this process may take a long time, but you are doing the right thing
Most people see individual Catholics, including clergy, as weak sinners, generally uninformed & often hypocrites. Did the Apostles Jesus chose deny & betray Him? Yes, we are all sinners, but that does not the Truth of Jesus & His Catholic Church any less True!!!
**Don't get into long drawn out arguments, simply state your beliefs & find common ground, like Sacred Scripture to disprove the many false things protestants believe about the Catholic Church like "Catholics worship Mary, Catholics don't read Sacred Scripture & Catholicism is based on man made traditions......etc.
Use the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) to learn what the Church really teaches, not what Catholics, ex-Catholics or protestants think it teaches. scborromeo.org/ccc.htm
Eventually, with the Grace of God, we hope your parents will open their hearts to the Truth of Jesus Christ & His One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church!
Jesus taught us; "For I have come to set a man against his father...He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;" (Mt 10:35 & 37)
Many conversion stories are i've heard are similar to yours. There a re many on these forums who have been in your shoes so you are not alone. Here are some great conversion stories; Dr Scott Hahn scotthahn.com/, Steve Ray, catholic-convert.com/about/why-im-catholic/, Marcus Grodi, The Coming home Network chnetwork.org/ & many others
Read the Early Church fathers & you will see the Catholic Church most resembles the Early Church. Read St. Augustine's Confessions books.google.com/books?id=DRMbsJAvsSIC&dq=Augustine%27s+Confessions+Ryan&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=yUwcCWDlvk&sig=G2GgoIxpoVdyHXKMuekFF5sNkXs&hl=en&ei=6qIrS6HNKo6csgOQ19HGBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Augustine%27s%20Confessions%20Ryan&f=false
You are in my prayers!
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, Ora Pro Nobis Peccatoribus!
P.S. Contact me any time for support in your journey! i am also an account rep for Lighthouse Catholic Media & we have many wonderful Catholic speakers on mp3 or CD to learn the Catholic Faith of hear conversion stories