[quote="chelsea_teo28, post:4, topic:279138"]
I'm 19 years old. I know that I should be old enough to make my own decision but I'm worried that my family wouldn't accept that I convert into a Catholic. What should I do?
My dear sister Chelsea :)
"Nothing is so intrinsically a matter of free will as religion", said the Church Father Lactantius, and so I rejoice when I see a person who has the courage to follow the dictates of their conscience!
God Bless you dear sister! Stick to your guns, follow the voice of your own conscience always.
I would like you to watch this video. I think it will help.
Its a video where a young Jewish girl tells Saint Josemaria Escriva (9 1902 –1975), the founder of Opus Dei, that her desire to become a Catholic was causing problems with her parents.
Instead of encouraging her conversion, Escriva advised the girl to honor her parents and told her not to convert - but rather to follow the teachings of Christ in her heart, respect her parents good wishes and be patient, and that eventually her parents should come around and allow her to follow her chosen path. The open-mindedness of this man is very powerful and moving. I would advise you too take his advice and apply it in your situation.
Ultimately, your parents must accept your decision of conscience to become Catholic. I would inquire into RCIA and gently pursue studies into the Catholic faith, slowly incoporating elements of Catholic religion into your daily life. Eventually, I am sure that your father and mother will come round to accepting your decision of conscience to become a Catholic. At the moment they are probably under the impression that you are going through a kind of "phase" that you will come out of. As time goes on, and you grow deeper in the Catholic Faith and start to live out the teachings of the religion ie praying the obligatory prayers, then I am sure that your father will understand that your dedication to this religion is sincere and heartfelt.
But this will take time. Don't rush it.
Perhaps, it would be worthwhile to gently open your father up to the commonalties between Buddhism and Catholicism, as well as the reasons why your attracted to it.
Its not easy for parents of a certain religion to see one of their children pursuing a different path. Buddhism probably is part of your family's heritage. Go easy on them.
I think the advice applies directly to you as well. It is really a beautiful short video clip.
Here's the transcript:
In Chile, in 1974, in a gathering of hundreds of people, a Jewish girl asks the Founder of Opus Dei about the Catholic faith.
Jewish Girl: "I'm Jewish, but I believe in the Catholic religion. And I would like... my most fervent wish is to convert to Catholicism, but I am a minor, and my parents won't let me."
Saint Josemaria: "Look, I am going to tell you something that will make you very happy. I - and I learned this from this son of mine... I must tell you that the first love of my life is a Jew: Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth - a member of your race! And the second love of my life is Mary most holy, Virgin and Mother, Mother of the Jewish man Jesus, and my Mother and your Mother. Do you like that? And then, I must tell you to be very good toward your parents, to be patient, to pray. Don't make any gestures of rebellion. Is that clear?
Jewish Girl"Yes, Father".
Saint Josemaria: And the Lord of Nazareth, Jesus the Jew, Jesus the King of all hearts and all wills, will move your parents to let you follow calmly and serenely the path that you already have hidden in your soul, that "vita abscondita cum Christo in Deo" [life hidden with Christ in God, cf. Col. 3:3]. Isn't that right? Love your parents a lot. OK?
Jewish Girl: "Yes, Father."
Saint Josemaria: "And in the meantime, go on learning the teachings of Jesus Christ, and pray. Pray, my daughter. You already have your baptism of desire. Pray. And never a word of criticism against your parents. Because this is very clear: you have to love them with all your soul and show it with deeds. OK?
Jewish Girl: "Yes, Father".
Saint Josemaria: "You will be a good daughter of Christ, if you are a good daughter of your parents. Thank you".