A friend of mine, who lives many miles from Blogbury, is in a quandary. For thirty years or so she has belonged to a local Evangelical congregation and has been something of a leader there. Prayer groups, Bible study groups… she leads them all. Her dearest friends, whom she feels she cannot do without, are members of this congregation.
The problem is that Ruth (not her real name) has come to love the Catholic Church, and the rest of her congregation believe that Catholics all go to hell. Not the minister, as it happens, who is a gentle and good man. Ruth has spent many years battling with this and finally she has come to the point where she sees the truth and knows what she must do. But she is a warm and loving individual; her friends have threatened her with cutting her off entirely should she become a Catholic.
Now you or I might think that these friends are not really very friendly, but Ruth is a generous person and hates to give them the hurt, and herself the pain, that the severance will cause.
Do not underestimate this, please. This is the most horrible hurdle, and I'm not convinced that she has the strength for it.
Please would you, now, pray for her?
And if any of you have words of advice, I'll see that she gets them. Especially if you have been in this situation yourself. Ruth says that she knows nobody who has been in this position before, though she knows several Catholics who have become members of the Evangelical congregation (!)
Please mention if you would rather I didn't publish your words on this blog: I can easily avoid doing so if you wish.