Hello everyone! I have a long, somewhat confusing question. I'd like some Catholic opinions.
I have a guy friend who seems to have a "crush" on me, even though I've told him (kindly) many times that I have no interest in him romantically. He claims that he is perfectly fine with being friends, but I feel like every time I'm with him he's trying to make a move on me (very subtly, an arm around my waist or trying to hold my hand, things like that), or trying to impress me.
I made the personal decision recently to keep my distance from him, because I don't think our friendship is working out that well. We've been friends for a little over a year now, and he has told me a few times now that he loves me, specifically in a romantic sense, and every time I tell him I am only interested in friendship, he claims that he is fine with that, but it still makes things very awkward.
Now, he's asked me out an yet another outing with him, and I feel that I should stick to my resolutions and say no. But, I have no excuse for not going (other than simply feeling awkward around him), and I don't know how to say no without hurting his feelings somehow. It's also his birthday (he turns 20) on the 15th, and he claims this outing would merely be to celebrate (which of course makes me feel extra bad for wanting to decline his invitation; I actually already gave him his b-day present a week ago).
My mom, God love her, thinks I should just lie. Obviously, I don't want to do that under any circumstances. Advice? Anyone have any experience with something like this?