From a reader…
Fr. Z, my daughter’s boyfriend became Catholic last night; she was his sponsor. His parents are protestant and go to Church on TV. This morning they told him if he didn’t watch the preacher with them that they would throw him out. They told him they didn’t want a conflict in beliefs at their house.
He is in college and is living at home. They are threatening him with loss of a roof. He can’t afford a place of his own because of school.
What advice should I give him?
As a convert myself, to a new convert, I am compelled to mention a couple things, although I don’t know many details of his and their lives.
First, as an adult convert it is likely that he was confirmed when he was brought in at the Vigil. Confirmed! In the CATHOLIC Faith. That sacrament is precisely for moments like this: to provide graces and strength to be firm in the Faith when making hard choices.
Next, Luke 9: “Another said, I will follow thee, Lord; but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house. Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
This young man is already being challenged.
As Job said, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”
Faith is more important than either school or roof. He is an adult but he is young and, more than likely, strong and relatively energetic. He is capable of working hard. Really hard. He may not have a “good time” for a while, but life was not intended to be a sabbatical. The Sabbatical comes later!
It’s probably time to get going and get on with life as a Catholic.
Luke 9:57, 61
And it came to pass, as they walked in the way, that a certain man said to him: I will follow thee withersoever thou goest. …