While I would love to become a priest (and eventually a bishop, Lord willing), I also feel a pull to become a husband and parent. We are desperately in need of both well-instructed priests and well-raised children as a society.
But I feel like I am between a rock and a hard place, the problem being the fact that I do not have a job. I cannot even get into the lowest levels of employment and start earning a wage. I don't have experience for management jobs. And I appear to be too educated (I am in college) for a typical "burger-flipping" or "waiter" sort of job. (That plus the fact that I rarely fill out applications; that could possibly be holding me back, too.) :rolleyes:
Therefore, I cannot afford to learn at a seminary. And I also cannot afford to go out on dates. (Unless Mass and meeting at her house would count.)
Also, I would be somewhat embarrassed if she were paying for everything. I mean, as long as I go to college, I get some grant money ($400-$1000 a quarter, depending on the classes). And I can pay for some things.
But I just don't feel like I could afford either to be a seminarian (although I long to learn more theology), or a decent date for a lovely, Catholic, young lady. :(
Just fill out applications like crazy and keep my contacts up-to-date? Throw caution to the wind and go out searching for Miss Right? Beg the Diocese to let me into the seminary in exchange for my efforts and labour? Or some combination of these (keeping fully in mind that Eastern Catholic priests can marry before taking their vows)?
P.S: Some guys in the Knights of Columbus have also been nagging me to join for the past two months. I should, shouldn't I? :p