This is really bothering me. I’m a 22 year old male who has never had a girlfriend, although I want to have one really badly, since I feel very lonely without one. I also have a real interest in learning about God. I try to live a holy life as much as possible, too.
Unfortunately, many of my Catholic friends and family are annoying me. They see my singleness, my gentleness and my interest in God, and they automatically think, “He should be a priest!” Several people have actually told me that. However, I personally don’t want to become a priest at this time, and I honestly feel almost put off when people tell me that. I think it’s kinda sad that I can’t be like an evangelical and be married and yet be a theologian.
Anyhow, I have some social anxiety, too, which means that I’d literally panic if I had to speak to any more than two people every Sunday. I really want to get married, but at the same time I want to help spread the faith. Ultimately I want to write works on the Catholic faith. I’m not really certain about everything the Catholic Church teaches. I’m still investigating certain issues like the papacy and the filioque. I think that God wants me to be married though. At least I hope so.
I just hope that God doesn’t force me to live alone the rest of my life.
Do you think that God forces people to become celibate?