Hi all. Yearling Catholic here (raised as such, left for perhaps 10 years in my youth, back and with a vengeance)
I want to learn about my faith, and at least try to stumble as little as possible in God’s eyes. But I am constantly unsure of myself. Perhaps specific examples will help.
My mother doesn’t go to Church because she says she does not like the priest and doesn’t ‘get anything’ out of it. She prays the rosary and isn’t avoiding Church out of not wanting to waste time but, rather, because she just doesn’t like the priest and gets annoyed by some of the things he has said.
What do I say? Is she right? Is she wrong? I feel like it’s wrong… but how do I explain that?
Or, I have another friend and co-worker. Protestant of some sort and going to become a minister- she’s also an active lesbian. She’s obviously studied up on her theology (majored in college) (saying to me once that she thinks Catholicism is wonderful but she wouldn’t be able to “do what she does” as a Catholic). She presumably therefore knows how the Catholic Church views her ministry and her active relationship. What am I called to do?
She’s a great and warm person, and a great friend. I know I will alienate myself not only from her but from all of my friends there (except perhaps one). Am I accomplishing good if I talk with her about this?
I know Jesus said the world would hate me and it hated Him first, and that He was not bringing peace but the sword, and that I would be ridiculed for my faith in Him. I feel like I’ve already answered this question. But please tell me what I have to do.
Thanks for your patience in answering me.