When my mother and her sisters were in college, her sisters fell away from the Catholic Church and became Evangelical Christians. This has caused a lot of strife in my family. I grew up with my mother telling me how this was terrible and how she prays for them to return to the Church.
Recently, I have been having a lot of discussions about the faith with one of my Evangelical Christian friends. Because of my previously mentioned family history and because of his intensity in our discussions, I have recently gotten overly combative in my evangelization. I feel like I must defend the Church and her teachings and prove that my friend is wrong.
In our most recent discussion, I worded my arguments very strongly and perhaps a bit hurtfully. I think that I was too intense and that he is now further from listening to me than he was before. I struggle very much with being truly peaceful, patient, and loving in our discussions because I feel so obliged to prove him wrong. How can I evangelize in true peace and love and rid myself of this competitive and combative nature?
Thank you so much for your help. God bless.