I have a new friend I’ve known a few months, a very sweet lady who went through RCIA last year and has an Adoration holy hour, and seems delighted to be Catholic. But there’s something that’s troubling me.
I don’t want to be making quick assumptions that aren’t my place to make, but from conversations I have picked up on the fact that when she travels or is visiting people who don’t go to church, which she frequently does, she will say that she “didn’t make it to church.” I think partly she doesn’t want to insist on it with these people, or else during RCIA maybe she didn’t get that Sunday Mass is a serious obligation?
I’m not sure how to approach this – the person in question was not religious before this, has undergone a genuine conversion as far as I can tell, and I don’t want to mess it up by being “heavy handed” in my approach, :hmmm:but I would like to help her know what she should do as a Catholic and encourage her to not regard Mass attendance in the same category as “optional activities,” if you know what I mean.
What do I do? How do I approach it, lovingly and with my friend’s best spiritual interests in mind?