I apologize for the title of this thread...
I am a 22 year old college senior. I was raised in a strong Evangelical Christian home, but since January of 2011 I have been researching the Catholic faith. My inquiries into Catholicism were brought on largely due to my relationship with a fellow student who is Catholic. Since January I have come to a pretty good understanding of Catholic beliefs, largely through the help of the aforementioned friend. However, my stance on Catholicism is a conversation for a different time.
The problem that I face presently is that, through the past 10 months, I have grown to deeply love this Catholic friend (who is currently discerning the religious life). She knows very well how I feel about her. One of the things that I appreciate most about her and the biggest contributing factor to my feelings for her is her love of God. Our relationship, from the very beginning, has been centered in and focused on building one another up in the love of Christ. This is why my bond with her is so deep. However, She feels very strongly that she is being called to the religious life. She has also said that she does not love me in the same way that I love her.
We pray with one another each day for guidance with this and other issues. I have prayed constantly about our relationship and have also fasted a number of times. I beg God each day to not take her away, but I feel that he may be doing just that. I feel lost. I don't know what to do in this situation. I love her deeply from my heart and as such, I want what is best for her. I know that God's will is always best, but her belief of what God's will is for her life differs from what I desire. How can we be sure what God wants for both of us? How can I recover from this if God does wish for her to join the religious life? How do I support her in her seeking God's will when my heart so desperately wishes for her to remain with me?
I would greatly appreciate your thoughts and even more greatly appreciate your prayers. Thank you! God Bless!