A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
Recordare, Iesu pie, Quod sum causa tuae viae: Ne me perdas illa die...

Monday, November 05, 2007

"I feel strong sexual desire for women"

(A blunt objection to a priestly vocation)

"It is normal and healthy for you to have these desires. God made us man and woman and by nature we are made for the sacrament of marriage, which is a gift from God. These feelings do not preclude us from being called to the priesthood. Being called to the priesthood is challenging in many ways, one of which is setting aside the natural gift of marriage and accepting the supernatural gift of vocation for the priesthood. A Priest’s duty is to join his brother priests in the church and lift up the married people and their children to heaven.

"God needs men like you that will say, 'I will do it. I will set aside the gift of marriage and obey a special calling to work for the salvation of others.'

"Being a priest is a sacrifice, formed in the image of Christ, because that is the life that Christ led.

"Are you ready for the challenge?"

from the Vocations Website of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati