I volunteer a few days a week in a place in a community center. My colleagues are very “tolerant” and “socialistic” and I am always open about the fact that I am a practicing catholic. In the spirit of tolerance they always praise me for my volunteering within the church. I thought it would be good to be “tolerant” as well.
One of my colleagues approached me and said: Did you hear the good news, Elizabeth will be a mom soon! Her girlfriend is pregnant! I sort of answered her enthusiasm by showing my interest.
Initially they answered my open minded attitude by bringing up things like, you know I would always go to confession when I was young, and in a very gentle way I made use of the opportunity by saying: You know most people don’t know how great the healing effect of confession is. I met so many people who really started a new life!
Now I feel that they actually are not interested in that, I feel a little like I ‘betrayed’ my faith and that it was an illusion to think that I always have to be nice and tolerant.
When people really cross the line and say something negative about the pope, I definitely defend my faith but I wish I could find a way to defend my faith without having the feeling that I have to be nice and gentle towards everything and everyone.
I guess the problem here is also that I am rather shy and uncertain about myself in general.
Also, next week my colleagues girlfriend is giving birth. I imagine that they ask me to write my name on the card and donate money and when she comes in the office saying congratulation. Could someone please shed some light on this? thanks