I just came across the story of a former Presbyterian pastor who has had his life really rocked after converting to Catholicism thanks to the anti-catholic milieu he lives in. It really broke my heart, he made this recent post sharing what he’s had to deal with:
It’s so inspiring to read people who have suffered upon converting to Catholicism. Personally my relationship with my family hasn’t been the best since they’re all atheists, but luckily I haven’t suffered as much as Jason Stellman.
I can’t say I find this way that some Christians (As I should still call them even if they wouldn’t return the favor) try to “mark” people who convert to Catholicism and call them apostates, etc. very palatable. I hear Calvinists like to talk about how God gave them a heart of flesh to replace their heart of stone (with nothing done on their part of course :p) but I can’t say this practice demonstrates a “heart of flesh”.
It’s not easy for me to live in an atheist milieu, but luckily I don’t live in an anti-catholic milieu.