I am not really sure if this is the most appropriate place for this thread. I'll give it a shot and see if I get any hits.
I am a reasonably attractive 23 year old Catholic man. I am fairly confidant that I am called to the married life. I have spent a few years discerning the religious life with the help of our Blessed Mother and her Holy Rosary but I just can't seem to drop the thought of having children of my own and a wife to grow close to the Lord with. God could have other plans for me... but at this point I believe that I am meant to be married. Haha... but herein lies the problem! :shrug:
Like many young men I am absolutely crippled by 'approach anxiety'. If I see an attractive women I find it incredibly difficult to approach her. My efforts in the past have often gone south after they realize that I am Catholic. Now, I am primarily interested in Christian girls... ideally Catholic ones. That doesn't making approaching a cute girl after Mass or in a Catholic book store any easier. Ideally if the other person is a Catholic you can find yourself in the same social circle, but that isn't necessarily the case. It is becoming apparent to me that God probably isn't just going to drop a good Catholic women into my lap (though in His Grace he may). A likely scenario is that I will need to show my partner that I care enough to approach her.
I have performed a few searches online about 'Approach Anxiety' but many of the results view sex as the end game not spirituality. I know that nearly everyone has dealt with this issue at one time or another so plenty of people should be able to 'chime in' on this discussion. Any input, personal experience, or how I met my partner stories would be greatly appreciated! Let me know how you turned up your game and started your Catholic relationship! :cool:
Grace and Peace,