To all those out there who are discerning marriage, or those who have already discerned and met their spouse, looking for one who would support them in the faith, particularly to women.
The Church’s teachings on marriage as self-sacrifice, marriage as giving, marriage as an image of Christ saying ‘this is my body for you’, is beautiful. The Church’s teaching on self-control in the process of discerning marriage is tough, but makes it worthwhile, means that Catholic ladies in particular should know they’re getting a man who is really a man, who is in control of himself and in service to the Lord.
However, that same self-control, that same manliness, that same sacrifice, finds its’ most perfect fulfilment in the priesthood. The priest, by joining in Christ’s sacrifice, not only symbolises, but actually makes present Christ Himself in those words ‘this is my body for you’.
Ladies, do you ever feel that, in looking for the good, faithful, pure Catholic men, you’re always going to have to settle for second best, the ones that weren’t good enough for God to call them to the priesthood?
I’ve often felt like if God really gives me enough grace to be able to give myself completely to another, then I would be duty-bound to give myself back to God in thanksgiving, but yet if I’m not good enough to give it all to God, I’m also not good enough to give myself to any woman without becoming a burden to her sanctification.
Anybody else feel this way?