I’ve been in a relationship with a wonderful woman over the past 2.5 years, and most of everything has been great so far. I initially brought up religion and family a few months into our relationship and that was a tough subject for us to tackle. We eventually decided that we would do our own personal bible study from Genesis to Revelations, and I am happy to say that we are almost through with our first run of the holy scriptures!
I came to realize recently that even if she were to allow our children to be raised as Catholic, that this would not ultimately make me happy. I want a partner that I can share my Catholic faith with, one who I can live it with; not just someone who will not get in the way of me living it. Recently I let her know that I came to this conclusion and without hesitation she said that she would “look into converting and she would become Catholic,” because she “trusts that I would not lead her away from Salvation.”
To be honest I was shocked; I never expected this from the woman who had been born and raised a JW by her Mother (a former Catholic) and Father is a non-practicing Catholic. During our scripture studies each of us has consistantly come to different conclusions on verses with regards to the Trinity, Idols, Blood, and basically every different belief that there is between the two prospective faiths. Now, this woman states that she trusts me to be the head of her household and family and that she would do this for us.
It’s almost like I don’t know how to feel, because I feel that she is doing this to make me happy, but I don’t want this to make her unhappy in return. I told her this, and she said “if I didn’t want to do this I could leave you right now, your not making me do anything.” It is really just a big mixture of emotions, and I know that if any Catholic’s partner decided to convert that should be the happiest thing going for them. And in reality it is for me, I just don’t want her to do something she will regret for the rest of her life.
In any case, I am looking into both of us attending RCIA together so we can both grow together with our love for God in the Catholic faith, please pray for us.