If you have been a regular reader of this blog in the last six months, you have noticed I have been focusing on the crisis that plagues the Church, both globally and locally where I live. While it is hard for someone to go off tangent a little bit and not talk about marriage and family, I believe that exposing the particular local ecclesial crises shows that I, as an orthodox Catholic who attends the Tridentine Mass out of doctrine, has greatly affected the former two topics.
In my particular case, I have not found the Catholic sweetheart yet, and there have been some side effects that go along with this. In recent weeks, I have not been able to attend Mass for consecutive Sundays because of my ongoing medical issues. To put matters in perspective, I have a 70 mile round-trip by train five days per week to study to become an architect as an older, wiser, non-traditional student. This takes a lot out of me since I spend eight hours per day doing academics and am nauseous come the weekend. So my parish is actually 30 miles away from my home, a shorter distance, but I have to get a ride because I still can't drive due to those medical issues.
I am not alone when it comes to not being able to attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis. There are healthy people with no Mass on a weekly basis available to them, so they are stuck reading the propers from their hand missals. But on the other hand, nobody should have to travel 30 miles one way on a regular basis to attend Mass.
Combined with several factors, even when I attend Mass at my parish, I cannot stay after because I have to get home. So this interferes with my ability to meet new people.
I am not giving up this Crusade. I believe I am being called by God to be a husband, father, and possibly (if I make it) a church architect. God has someone for me, who is unknown to me at this time. But if I meet her, go on a few dates (including Sunday Mass on a weekly basis), propose to her, and she says "yes", then it will be God's will.
Some people have asked me why I don't consider a priestly vocation. The short answer for that is that I am clearly not priestly material, as this blog shows. While I am not against priestly vocations, I do not believe that God wants me to be a priest, but rather be married and raise a Catholic family, for which those are in dire need in our times. I watched CNN last night, and they mentioned that 40% of the children alive today were born out of wedlock, and this is 40% too many.
This past week marked the six month anniversary of the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack, and it has been tough for a Bostonian to live during these times. But the collage banner on the front page of this blog is a tribute to the victims of this attack. The women saluting the flag demonstrate something not only women are more likely to do, but what I would my Catholic wife to do on a daily basis to honor our war dead.
So to end, in this month of October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, to offer some Rosaries so I get to meet the young women whom God wants me to be with for the rest of my life.