Hi everybody. I am a relatively young catholic convert from a very anticatholic evangelical free protestant family. I converted on January or February of this year while I still studied at school. The biggest problem is that my father is a pastor and my family is aggressively anticatholic. Me, being only a teen, get the hard part of the stick and I am forced to do and accept thing which not only go against the Church’s teachings, but even go against the Bible. I have really tried to help them convert, but they really believe that it is God’s Holy Spirit guiding them to their ‘‘Truth’’.
I have seen many videos on ‘‘how to get started on Catholicism’’. They only problem is that this information, although helpful for anyone, is not really helpful for a teen such as myself. For most converts, whom are adults, if they disagree with their protestant family, they just move to another place or go to their own private home. For me, I can’t go anywhere, specially since the quarantine. I have tried to reason with them, presenting only Bible verses, even those that refute Sola Scriptura, but I have not achieved anything. I keep paying my Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, but at times I simply feel hopeless and lonely.
The situation has escalated to the point on which I almost left my home to go to the nearest convent (which is at the corner, since the country where I live in is very Catholic). I can’t even make the sign of the Cross without my parents or my brother criticizing me about how unbiblical Catholicism is and that I need to ‘‘receive AGAIN Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior’’. I have even been prohibited from starting a Bible study with my friends at school, just because it involved Catholicism.
I really don’t know what to do and at times I just feel completely abandoned by God, even though I know that He is the only one who will always be with me. I have tried and tried, prayed and prayed, but it seems to be of no avail. There are times in which I wonder why. Why didn’t God just put me in a Catholic family. Even though my family was originally Catholic, my great-grandmother decided it was God’s will to destroy the statues of Saints.
I would like for all of you to pray for my family’s conversion and for my faith. I have honestly run out of ideas and hope. PLEASE, PRAY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY.