First off, I won’t take the Watchtower Magazine at all anymore, even to just throw it in the garbage. Invariably, each issue has a specific attack on the Catholic Church (usually referred to as “Rome”). When I refuse the magazine, I point out that the RCC is the only faith *specifically *targetted. I’m polite, but firm. Their hatred for the Catholic Church is incredible.
I had a JW woman coming regularly to visit me several years back. She probably came by a half dozen times over a period of about a year. She was very nice, and we engaged in soft topics (how much we love Jesus, how messed up the world is, etc, etc.) When our discussions became more specific, she mentioned to me that she had been raised Catholic in Puerto Rico but her family left the faith in disgust when wealthy folks in her parish were “buying” pews up front in the church.
I sympathized with her, apologized for the Church and filed the information in my head.
So . . . after a few more months of visits, she upped the evangelizing, being much more specific in her biblical quotes and beliefs. We debated good-naturedly.
The last time she came to visit, she introduced a new woman who would be “taking over” her visits since she was moving away. I took the oppportunity. I told her that I remembered that she had once been a Catholic and that I would do anything to help her come back to the Church of her baptism.
Boy did her tone change. I talked about the Eucharist and receiving Jesus in Holy Communion and how she could have so much more by returning to the church of her childhood. I didn’t rip her faith as a JW, just really praised the Catholic Church and the faith in its fullness. I knew this would probably be the only opportunity to invite her back.
I never heard from her again, but I hope maybe a seed was planted.