What do you feel your vocation is and if its the priesthood, is that why you spend a lot of time at the Blessed Sacrament?
I was going to respond to your question yesterday, but as life would have it I got, well…distracted. Anyway.
I have only spent a little time in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. I was told by many that it is a way that we can come closer to the Lord and perhaps find the answers we are seeking when it comes to discerning certain situations. I myself do not know if I am called to the priesthood, but I am planning on spending more time during Lent with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to find out. Let’s put it this way, the first time I decided I would go and spend some time with him I was only going to stay there for 15 minutes or so. Well, I spent almost an hour there. It was peaceful. And since there was no one else there, it gave me a chance just to talk to Jesus about what he might have me do concerning single life, marriage, or the priesthood. Now the skies didn’t open up. But I believe that he will continue to reveal himself and his plan to me as long as I remain open and become like a little child.
If your vocation is or might be marriage, what are you looking for in a wife (besides the fact she should be a devout Catholic?
I’m not sure I understand the totality of the question. Do you mean physical appearance? Of course she has to be attractive. But let me clarify that she has to be attractive only to me. I shouldn’t care about what so and so thinks. It is the physical appearance usually for a man that attracts. However, it is who she is that will keep me interested. As far as her being a devout Catholic? Yep, no question. She absolutely has to believe in the teachings of the Church. If not yet, then at least she has to be willing to explore them. If I can’t have that, then I am willing to remain single and celibate the rest of my days on earth.
Were you raised Catholic? If not, how did you discover Catholicism?
I was raised Catholic…kind of. I was baptised, went to Church once in a while, went through Catechism until I was in about 6th grade. I never went on to make my confirmation and then drifted away. In my early twenties, I gave my life to Jesus while attending a “Bible Believing” Church. Through the course of several events over the next 4 years, the Lord brought me home to the Catholic Church. My journey hasn’t been perfect and I have not been without my trips and falls. But, I believe the Lord is faithful. He has given me much grace over the years, even for things I have been praying about for a long long time.
How did you discover the Blessed Sacrament (I myself didn’t know about it until maybe 9 yrs ago, though I’m a cradle Catholic) (I feel the Cathlic Church is negligent in teaching its members the true Faith… )
Well, mostly through hearing from friends. Same with praying the Rosary, which I am trying to pray regularly. I will indeed be spending more time in Adoration. I think it can be a powerful thing. Has the Church been negligent? Well, it may appear so. However, whenever I get to feeling like that I simply remind myself that there are faithful clergy who teach the faith. You may have to search a bit, or do some digging, but when you find them it will make the journey that much more worth it. There are always going to be those in the ministry who water down or candy coat the gospel. But be of good cheer. Jesus has overcome the world and has given authority to the Church. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.
How has Adoration changed your life/ your views on things?
Can only say that the little time that I have spent has helped me to realize that my Catholic Faith is serious business. I can’t be a cafeteria Catholic. It has to be all or nothing. I heard Father John Corapi say a few days ago while watching him on EWTN, “Things are either black or white, the Devil’s favorite color is gray” Me thinks Father John is correct.