I know I’m a newcomer to the forums, but I feel as though I’m in need of some good, solid, Catholic advice, and as I have very very few Catholic friends, I’m hoping I can get it here.
Last night, I had a very interesting conversation with my mother. See, I am not yet a Catholic (after over a year of discerning whether or not it would be the best decision for my family life, I’ve decided to put it in God’s hands and take the plunge, anyway) and will be beginning my RCIA in a relatively short time. I am absolutely ecstatic about the program and what is to come.
However, as I’ve slowly been opening up to my mom about how I feel about the Church, my future, and where I want to be, she has gone from angry-wary-accepting-supporting… to
"Why don’t you become a minister or pastor?"
I was gobsmacked when she said that. My answer (choked out) was “Mom, you can’t have female Catholic pastors, it doesn’t work that way.” and her response was, “Well, why don’t you become christian reformed or anglican, then?” :eek:
That got me into a conversation with her about “Who started those churches, mom? Because I know who started the Catholic church, and his name was Jesus… the rest are all offshoots, with things that are just plain weird or not right about them”
She maintains that I’d make a great pastor or minister. Mayyyybe I would- if that was what I believed in! (oddly enough, this is somewhat flattering coming from my non-believing mother. I couldn’t help but to feel like she’s finally starting to get that God and The Church is what is most important to me. So much so that she thinks I should be of the Church. Which clearly isn’t going to happen, but it’s sweet all the same.)
I don’t know how to explain to her any better than I already have. Anyone have any advice/suggestions?