My mom grew up Catholic right around Vatican II. She was poorly catechized, was evangelized by some evangelical Christians and left the Church with a lot of bitterness and resentment, feeling as though she were lied to and never told the truth of the saving power of Jesus. Though it’s been decades, she still holds a lot of pain and anger toward the Church, and is very disturbed at me choosing to convert.
She sent me several anti Catholic testimonial books, which I read. She loves these books, and they affirmed her erroneous view of the church (these books are from nuns and priests who left the church shortly after Vatican II to become Protestant). I was shocked, but she texted me and said that I could send her some books “as long as they weren’t too dry” to read. What would you send from a Catholic perspective that wasn’t too heady theologically, and was gentle to the ex-Catholic who has been hurt by the Church, but brings to light true Catholic teaching.
I need to send the right books because I may never get this chance again. When I initially told her of my decision to leave the Protestant faith, she was incredibly angry and vowed never to go to Mass with me or speak of it again. She also implied that I probably wasn’t a Christian anymore, that Catholicism is all about works and no one ever even cracks open their Bible. So I know the Lord is working on her heart and I want to be as gracious and loving as possible here. Since leaving the Catholic Church, she has been in Baptist churches and currently is in an evangelical-free congregation.