Please forgive me, I don’t mean to double post but I just saw Kozlosap’s response and I feel that it’s important I respond.
[quote=kozlosap]What I meant was that you have to meet someone in order to marry and most often that happens when friends or companions introduce you to someone. I feel bad that you think so little of your fellow humans. How do you survive at school? As a teacher, I worry about students who do not develop relationships with others. I certainly don’t know any priests with your point of view on human discourse- if they did they could have never made it through the seminary, much less a doctorate in theology - in both cases you must work as part of cooperative groups and learn to trust your study mates. How could you ever counsel a member of your parish if you have never trusted?? I pray that when you go away to college that your horizons are opened and your heart is also softened. One piece of advise - helping those that you consider to be of " ill repute" might just turn around and lift your spirit too.
First off, thank you for your prayers and thank you for your kind words of advice.
I think clarification is still needed, I love everyone in my Parish. They are all fine individuals and fantastic, loyal Catholics I’m sure. I have no intention of marrying(in fact I sometimes avoid the thought like the plague). It is important to make clear that I do socialize. But I am confronted daily at school with such militant heresies. And yes, I do admonish the sinner and do my very best to counsel those who may not know better, but do I associate myself beyond that? Goodness no. I stay true to Balthasar Gracian’s words when he said: “Have naught to do with Occupations of Ill-repute, still less with fads that bring more notoriety than repute. There are many fanciful sects, and from all the prudent man has to flee. There are bizarre tastes that always take to their heart all that wise men repudiate; they live in love with singularity. This may make them well known indeed, but more as objects of ridicule than of repute. A cautious man does not even make profession of his wisdom, still less of those matters that make their followers ridiculous. These need not be specified, for common contempt has sufficiently singled them out.” it could be detrimental to my soul to be lured into it. I am often called upon to sin or to “let it go wild” before seminary. Most at school look at me as a Christian figure, and I like that. I like to do those things. And I’d love to hang out with them too, but at the expense of my own purity? Never.
Those at Church are no better. I know one fellow my age who has decided he wants to be a methodist cause its more “American”. Whatever that means. I am perfectly content with how I am. No problems and all is well.