Hope you don’t mind women responding? At work it seems I am the only Catholic or at least Catholic that takes her faith seriously. Needless to say, it makes you stick out like a sore thumb which can be very difficult. You get it both ways, subjected to the lure of pride (because some people tend to praise you for being so ‘religious’) as well as being open to humility (so you think you’re so holy) and downright attacks as well. Needless to say, I am not ashamed to be Catholic, neither do I purposely attempt to draw needless attention to myself. But always try to remain unwavering in my faith, be it in conversation or daily actions. Sometimes it seems like people have a sense of certain things which they deem to be inappropriate to talk about in front of you.
And I know what you mean about sticking out like a sore thumb.
Some days I just ask myself “am I crazy for wanting to be a devout Catholic?” because I always end up thinking about the weird religous people I’ve met, and I think “I don’t want to be like that.” (on my way back to the faith, I went to an evangelical church that preached 6th day creationism. It’s a long and stressful story.)
And I know what you mean about the pride and humility. It’s like…do I go about my business in the world acting as if I were this saintly angel, or as the human I am. Like when you read the lives of one of the saints, and it sounds like they were this perfect, angellic creature, graced with perfection, and then you read another, and it’s like “wow, this person is EXACTLY like me.”