We are in the process of converting and are in RCIA. We have made some wonderful Catholic friends who have a strong relationship with Jesus and who I feel know Him personally. However, I also have many, many wonderful Protestant friends who also love Jesus and have a strong relationship with Him. For me, conversion brings me to the Eucharist, which I believe is the most wonderful gift anyone can receive. Sadly, though, 99% of my Protestant friends don’t even understand the Eucharist or don’t see it as important.
I know only God can judge a person’s soul in the end, but the following scenarios plague me and cause me to wonder about the following…
Obviously, the “best” scenario for a Christian would be to be Catholic and truly live out your relationship with Christ. But, as for my friends, some of them have had encounters with Catholics who did not live out their faith but tromped into Church every Sunday to Mass and then lived either disconnected from Christ the rest of the week or even very uncharitably toward others. Some of my friends were even raised Catholic and this was their experience and now they have the authentic relationship with Christ* but aren’t Catholic anymore*
Is it better to be one of the disengaged-type Catholics and have access to the Sacraments but still live ho-hum in your every day life or is it better to be a Protestant who is “on fire” for the Lord in everything they do? Can our complacency or our attitude negate the beneficial aspects of the Sacraments, even rendering them null?
I certainly want my friends to be drawn to the Catholic Church and will continue to pray for that, but I want to feel like as long as they don’t have unrepentant mortal sin, that we’ll all be together in Heaven one day…is that realistic? :shrug:
It also makes me worry for my children who are young (12 & 8). Our old Protestant church was vibrant and full of life with many educational opportunities for kids to deepen their spiritual walk. Sadly, though, a lot of Catholic kids we’ve encountered seem to emulate their parents in that they don’t seem to “understand” the faith and they aren’t excited about it. I don’t want that to rub off on my kids. What is the best way to keep Catholic kids engaged in their faith and make it “real” to them?
Sorry if this isn’t making sense :o