No, you don’t have to be a Catholic apologist.
First, recall that Jesus our Lord was rejected, humiliated, insulted, tortured and killed by the world.
Second, recall that in John 15:20 Jesus told us that if He was persecuted, we would be persecuted too.
Third, recall that the Catholic Church teaches that we can offer up our sufferings for the conversion of others, that penance is more effective in saving souls than anything else.
Fourth, receive all the hurts you felt from anti-Catholic prejudice as penance for these people’s conversion.
Fifth, sustain your faith with frequent reception of the Eucharist, frequent confession, daily prayers and other spiritual practices.
If all the Catholics in the world did these things, the whole world would be Catholic.