My family and friends are telling me I’m doing something wrong. My family is angry with me or concerned for my salvation if I become Catholic. I’m not ready to convert to Catholicism but am interested in what it means. What do I do?
If you feel Jesus drawing you to the Catholic Church, the first thing you do is…let Him. Let Him guide you down your faith path. All of our paths are different. If He is drawing you to the Catholic Church, then maybe begin with learning all you can about it. Make sure you have an open mind to understand His teachings through His church and be sure you get all of the facts from a Catholic source, not misunderstandings from others.
As for your family and friends, reassure them that you are on a good path and that you are finding more to your faith, not less. Tell them about the truths you find. This can be hard for family and friends to understand so be patient with them. Some may fall away permanently, some may just be angry for a time, but keep your eye on Jesus. Some may see what you are finding and they may want it too.
If you want to learn more, go to any local Catholic Church and ask about RCIA classes. These are classes that will teach you about the different aspects of the faith. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. They are classes that help your understanding about the church. It helps to get rid of any misunderstandings or myths you may have received from others. You are not obligated to become Catholic if you take the classes. If you do choose to become Catholic, then you would most likely come into full communion with the church on Easter receiving all of the sacraments you are in need of, especially Baptism (if needed), Confirmation, First Eucharist, and First Reconciliation. When this happens, you come into a huge family not only here on earth but also in Heaven. Classes usually start in the fall so if you are interested, check it out as soon as possible to that you don’t miss much. Just remember that you are doing so much more in your faith by becoming Catholic; you are coming Home to the fullness of the Faith.