Questions regarding Catholicism and Christianity under the cut! I’d love if some Catholics could help me out!
Hello, Chassity. I couldn’t tell from a look at your blog how old you are exactly, but I assume you are still in school under the guardianship of your parents.
First of all - congratulations on your openness to receiving the grace of conversion… you’re in for an absolutely wonderful ride. It will have its ups and downs, but the downs (as we read in Scripture) are only to foster the growth of the holy virtue of perseverance within our souls.
I can definitely relate in some aspects, to your story. I grew up in a primarily atheistic household which was certainly not happy with my conversion. After a few years, I began to feel as though God wanted me to become a priest, and so I applied to seminary. On entering seminary, I got probably eleven thousand different lectures from family members about how I had wronged them by entering seminary. I want you to understand: people only have hard reactions to circumstances which reach into their hearts. It may well be that your conversion may touch some interior wounds of your family members: I ask that when this topic of your conversion does in fact come up, to be very patient with them. Some wounds are allowed to fester in a person’s interiority for years that they spend in hopes that ignoring its very existence will cause it to go away. It was this way with my family’s rejection of me and my vocation. I continue to pray for them to receive the graces necessary to both accept it, and to heal from the wounds that their reactions stem from. It may well be that this experience of yours will be the means by which our Lord seeks to bring your entire family home. It’s happened many, many times before, and what a wonderful thing it is when it does happen.
That said: if you are young, it is good that you are seeing the truth of Catholicism, but under no circumstance do I want you to do anything which may be interpreted as dishonoring your parents while you are young and depend on them. The fourth commandment applies here, and God has given you the parents you have to effect your sanctification, and you theirs. Read some more about Holy Mother Church, and the sacraments. Anticipate their questions BEFORE you have the conversation. Most importantly: be respectful, loving, and non-emotional when you have this conversation. If they forbid you to convert, I ask you to respect that until you are an adult.
Keep reading. Pray your rosary. If you do not have one currently, I would like to make you one as a gift. Pray, period. It is a love which is put into a person’s heart which opens them to conversion, and even if they forbid your conversion you must understand that the time is given you so that you might grow in love for our Lord, his Blessed Mother, and the Church.
The time we want things to come to fruition is not necessarily the time our dear and blessed Lord has in mind for us - and He knows best.
If you have any questions, or need help or support in any way, I assure you of the entire Tumblr Catholic community’s prayers for you and desire to help you in any way that we can. Feel free to message me or any of us.