I am asking a prayer for Catholic friends to support me and the converting power of Christ to change the things I need to change and the courage to be myself. I will explain my situation:
I’m 22 and an undergraduate student hoping to move on to seminary and then ordained priesthood. The thing is I face a lot of trouble from all sides.
I’m 100% traditional when it comes to Church teaching, I don’t believe that one can pick and choose doctrines to follow, in fact it makes the faith pointless because if Jesus is the fullness of truth then anything short of His full Church is pointless and I can’t imagine why anyone would be a part. Therefore liberals dislike me strongly. On the flipside…
I play music in a pub on weekends and hang around with a rough crowd. I often use the s-word and occasionally drop an “f-bomb.” I goof off frequently and I don’t let it bother me if someone sees things drastically different from my way. This makes other “orthodox” or “conservative” Catholics uncomfortable and I often feel overwhelmed by their demands on things that aren’t specifically about Church teaching but rather a Christian culture they attempt to foster. It’s left me with few Catholic friends to support me in my vocation other than a few good priests and a former vocation director who continously remind me how excited they are to have a few “normal guys” examining priesthood.