I completely understand how you feel. For a long time I was the only member of my large family that was a Catholic. I was a 3rd Generation Assembly of God/Pentecostal Church of God/ United Pentecostal Church (lol…yeah, I know “WHAT A MIX!”) anyway, my whole family believed that my conversion to the Catholic Church was a “backslide” on my part.
I have had family members look me right in the face and say: “When are you going to get right with God? When are going to stop playing around and repent?” So, I completely know what it is like to be “out in the cold” with reguards to family. However, last year there was a “breakthrough” in my family. Let me give you the testimony about this “breakthrough”:
I was invited to come live with my grandparents out in New Mexico and help on their dairy farm. I took them up on this invitation, and left Texas for New Mexico. At that time my aunt (a pentecostal pastor) and her husband, and her 5 children where also living with my grandparents on the dairy farm and helping out.
Now, I believe that everything that happens…happens for a reason, so I left Texas (a little scared at first) because I knew that I would be living with the branch of my “family tree” that was considerably more “conservative” than my family back in Texas…so, I knew that living my faith out in New Mexico would be difficult, but I felt that is where God wanted me to go.
Well, to make a long story short I got out to New Mexico, and went to work on the farm…everyday, I would wake at 5 am…eat breakfast, from 5:30 to 6 I would work…at 6 am I would pray the Angelus, then at 11:30 we would break for lunch…at 12 I would pray the Angelus…then we would work in the afternoon…and every evening I would pray my rosary…(every time I would pray, I would dedicate that prayer for my family…I would ask our Blessed Mother’s intercession for everyone, but “especially for those who are most open to the faith”…one evening my aunt (the pastor) saw me in my room praying the rosary…she came in very quitely, and I could feel someone looking at me…I looked up at her and said “oh, I’m sorry…” she said, “no, don’t stop…thats ok…can I join you?” I said sure…she said “you will have to help me, because I don’t know how to do this…” “sure, I said once again…” we then begain praying the rosary again…and she would just cry during the entire prayer…then she started going to Mass with me some…
eventually she was enrolled in RCIA…now, this past year at Easter her, and her 5 children where received into the Church…
her husband was not as open…and he is not Catholic…YET! But I have given him over to the Blessed Mother…and he does not know it yet…but He will be one of us!
So, Arch…don’t feel discouraged…there is someone in your family that is more open to the faith than others…so, just pray…especially to our Blessed Mother…and ask her to pray for your family, but especially for those that are most open to the faith!
God Is So Good!