I’m sorry if this is the wrong board, but it’s the closest I could find.
Anyway, one the saddest things I ever experience in college is hearing someone talk about how they used to be Catholic, and then left the church for one reason or another.
It doesn’t help that most students here came from areas of highly concentrated Catholicism. Most people I’ve met either left the Church before coming, or have left it while here.
The problem then becomes “what do I do about it”? Many of my friends feel free to talk to me about things like that, but I couldn’t preach to them without losing their friendship.
Are there any ways in which one can preach subtly, aside from good example?
It’s been bugging me because I’m not angry at them or anything, but it’s a deep sense of disappointment and such a saddness. The only thing I think when someone tells me that is “you will never know what you’ve lost”.
Case in point, tonight someone I know told me that they were a proud catholic but a year ago. Something happened and now she’s agnostic. I wanted to tell her about how much she had and how much she’s potentially lost, but I couldn’t without getting preachy.