I posted this in the vocations section mainly because I am discerning a vocation to the priesthood, while still in high school.
I'm 15, male, and from Georgia, USA.
I feel compelled to ask this because it has been told to me a few times by my peers.
My peers are not interested in Catholicism, or even Christianity, like I am. They rather much text, listen to music, go with friends on trips, etc. But I do not.
I rather be at my local Parish, either serving Mass, confessing, or at Benediction. I rather be reading my book about the Catholic Church and it's influence in Western Civilization or Church History, than be doing what they are doing.
I wouldn't say I am totally socially awkward, but if if you put me in a room with a total stranger, I wouldn't be able to start a good conversation. Nonetheless, I do have several friends and I do invite them over sometimes and go to their house to play games or what not.
Instead of talking about Rihanna or the Super Bowl, I rather be talking about St. Thomas Aquinas, or Vatican II, or the doctrines of the Catholic Church. I don't talk about it at school a lot because either they do not care or are too ... 'ignorant' (Wrong word to be used, my apologies) to understand all of this.
I try to discuss it with my parents but they do not seem to fully understand, they though listen a lot. So they help. If it wasn't for internet forums or chat services, I would go mad not able to vent about my new found knowledge about some Saint.
But regarding all of this, do you think I am wasting my childhood away?
The main reason I am a Catholic (Actually a convert), is because Jesus called me earlier than most people. I believe it is because Jesus is God and I have always had a deep connection to Him. But I also believe another factor is that I see that a few young people die, at ages of 14 - 19. It's very sad. I also see these people lack Christ, and I fear that may one day be me and I do not wish to go to hell.
Though when I first converted, I do say I was pretty blunt and mean when talking to other people of different faiths because I recently found this new faith and accepted it as full truth and everything else is wrong. But I have been praying and I can now have genuine nice conversations with Protestants without having a blunt dissertation about faith.
So do any of you think I should lay back on the Church and live my childhood or what? Or do you think from this message that I live a balanced life?