(I hope I'm posting this in the correct thread!)
I've got a situation that I need some inspiration on how to handle sensitively.
I'm a pretty recent convert and have a very old friend from pre-Catholic days who is a Wiccan. (I can almost see everyone nodding "Ah-ha I think I know where this one is going!")
The problem is that she keeps making snide remarks about my faith, about the RC Church, about priests, about anything really to do with Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. Sometimes the remarks have a barely concealed anger to them.
I didn't really think I would have this problem with her because prior to my revealing to her my "swim across the Tiber", she never much mentioned any other beliefs and if she did, it was along the lines of "live and let live". Well, she is certainly not letting me "live and let live" at the moment!
It's getting to the point where I just don't want to see her and the problem with that, is I feel rather guilty about just closing 15 years of what used to be a nice friendship. It also feels like I would be abandoning her in her wilderness.
I pray for her for all sorts of reasons, not least of which I think her animosity is doing her more harm that it could ever do to me. I do it quietly, she has no idea I do pray for her.
I've asked in my own circle of Catholics and opinion has varied from just quietly ignore phone calls and texts, and move on without her (but continue to pray for her even so), to telling her up-front that what she is saying is offensive. I haven't asked my priest yet because it seems such a trivial thing that I should be mature enough to handle on my own!
I really think I may have to leave this friendship behind because it's not doing anyone any favours, but is this the right thing to do?
I'd really appreciate hearing what other people think about this.