I am a 69 year old woman. I took a short trip with a friend, to a Catholic retreat, no less. She was driving, and we were discussing politics or the church or something. I was enthusiastically talking when she slapped me on the back several times, hard, and told me not to interrupt. I was shocked. I was hurt. I told her not to slap me again. But that was a few days ago, and a sadness and depression is still lingering within me.
This is a person that I thought was a friend, someone with whom I share my Catholicism. We went through the retreat sort of in silence, but the thought of her hitting me has rattled me. It has rattled me and I don’t think I can be friends with her any more. This woman has a history of deep depression and suicide thoughts. I don’t think I can help her anymore. She is a professing Catholic. Do you think she is dangerous to be around, or am I making this out to be more than it actually is. We are both grown adults.
Please help me here, because I feel guilty, as though I did something wrong. I have never had this happen to me with friends… I know I should forgive her, but I really don’t want to be around her and I don’t even think she is sorry. This is weird to me…