Hey yall, seeking for advice on trying to show my Girlfriend (we are going to get engaged in September) the beauty of the Catholic Church.
Little bit of background: I grew up Protestant (Methodist) and joined the CC at 17 (am still the only one of my friends and family to be Catholic) I am a bit History nut (History Education Major) and enjoy learning about Theology and Apologetics (I am commonly in Protestant vs. Catholic debates) I love getting into the Doctrine and History and consider myself adequate at it (I’m no Jesuit but I can hold my own against most common anti-Catholics)
My girlfriend However (whom I love dearly and we both enjoy a very loving and healthy relationship) is not like me in this regard. She is Baptist (though now she goes to the Methodist church with my parents so she is trying to meet me halfway but I could never leave the Catholic Church. She hates to talking about religion though, She’s is devout, goes to church and prays often, but sees most of what I do in learning Theology and Doctrine as unnecessary at best, and potentially distracting from Christ.
She doesn’t mind me being Catholic and occasionally comes to Mass with me, but has expressed that she has no intention or want to join the Catholic Church. I would never want her to do it just for me as that would be being dishonest in her faith, and I feel after prayerful reflection that we can still have a wonderful marriage.
My question to you is (if you are still hanging on and reading this long post) is how can I show her the beauty of the Catholic Faith? She’s is completely opposed to listening to Theological discussion and even when I have demonstrated why we do something and that it is backed Scripturally and Historically, she doesn’t seem to respond and I don’t feel comfortable pushing it to far with her.
Obviously I plan to continue to strive to be the best darn Catholic I can be so hopefully she will be inspired by it, but it looks like I’m in this for the long run. What are some things I can do without pushing my faith on her but to demonstrate the beauty of our Catholic Church?
Thank you kindly, especially for sticking through the whole post.