Jill, my now 86 year old mother was raised a devout Protestant. She vowed she would never convert to Catholicism. I’d tried for many years because I wanted us to be a complete Catholic family not a Catholic and Protestant family.
One day, while she was in the hospital, she questioned the person who came by to give me the Eucharist. I was stunned by her interest. After the person left, I questioned her to make sure she was serious. One thing I asked her was, “Are you doing it as a favor to me?” (I am a cradle Catholic.) She said, “No.” I cautiously asked her what made her change her mind. She said she felt the Holy Spirit was working in her. My mother converted for the right reason. She converted for God.
You see, Jill, no one can make someone become Catholic. Trusting in man and not God is a common mistake many Protestants make when if you stop to realize that Jesus is not only God, He was also born fully (hu)man. If Jesus (God) wants your mother to leave her Protestant religion and become Catholic, she will. Jesus is, after all, the Founder and the Foundation of the Catholic Church.
He will bring Catholics into her life who are a fine example of our living faith in Him. Catholics don’t just talk the talk. We walk the walk. We go where the need is and live our faith by helping others. We don’t just talk about our love of Jesus to others. We show our faith and our love for Him by going out among the people. Many Catholics are in service oriented professions like teaching and the medical field.
Why don’t you study our Catholic faith with your mother? Go to Mass and see for yourself. You may feel the Holy Spirit at work in you as well and you may decide to convert too.