I’m a recent convert to Catholicism - less than 2 years ago. I’m the only Catholic in my family.
The rest of my family (and extended family) are still “intensely Fundamental” Baptists. In fact, my Bro-in-law is my family’s minister, and my Father-in-law is their head Elder. My wife and children go to church and are regularly fed with anti-Catholic nonsense. They don’t understand Catholicism at all, but think they’re experts! As a result, my faith is frequently and aggressively attacked. There is often a “warlike” and condescending atmosphere in our home.
(Yes, I know it’s an unhealthy and divided family situation. I’ve discussed these issues with my wife, who sympathises with me, but is also *very enmeshed *with (and sympathetic to) her Baptist family - and don’t forget that she is still a devout Baptist. I don’t expect the situation to improve much.)
Due to this hostile atmosphere, I’m getting pretty good at defending my faith. My problem: It’s easy to become too aggressive in my responses to them. I admit that I have a pretty strong anti-Protestant attitude.
They can “hear” me when I’m being calm and good-natured. But when I’m frustrated with their attacks, and I counter-attack aggressively, I only push them away, and it also seems to fuel my anti-Protestant attitude.
For those of you converts who have been at this longer than me… when does the “anti-Protestantism zeal” wear off? Will it become easier someday? Do you have any advice?