For those of you that know me on these forums you know I come from a non-catholic background. I often have to defend the Catholic faith against non- catholic relatives. Last night I was with a relative I haven’t seen in a long time. My wife and mother-in-law always tell me how involved he is with his church and what a devoted catholic he is. He told me how honored he was to be a eucharistic minister. He then told me that if it wasn’t for his local parish he would be a Lutheran. I was shocked. I told him there were differences in beliefs. Unprepared, I then fell into the trap most catholics fall into. He rattled off a question asking if I believe only catholics go to heaven? And then immediately afterwards he states he disagreed with the Pope on contraception . The trap being that I answered his questions in rapid fire form rather then addressing each subject thoroughly. He compared our beliefs about contraception to JWs beliefs in blood transfusions…..*?Don’t ask, I’m still befuddled on that one. My problem is I fight passionately for my faith and I always scare the fish away. I discuss my faith as guys would discuss football and what that does is end the conversation. I once heard an apologist say his biggest debates about Catholic doctrine are with Catholics. I’m discouraged at the fact that many catholics fail to look into their own faith for answers. I’m discouraged because even the catholics in my family go to the buffet instead of the catechism. Most of all I’m discouraged about my ability to express our beliefs in a loving way.
Is there a patron Saint of Apologetics I can ask for intercession from?