Dating seminarian

Celibacy is a sign of the radical choice that priests and religious make through their decision to be celibate for the kingdom of God.

It is one that is accepted and lived joyfully by people who, having recognized their own natural human desires and needs, opt to be celibate with a sense of peace in their hearts, knowing that the Lord has their back with any challenges that may arise from their choice of lifestyle.

Others don’t find a big deal at all, as it comes and goes by pretty quickly, unlike holidays like Christmas that seem to go on for longer.

For the most part, seminarians experience a range of emotions on Valentine’s Day.

We feel genuinely happy for friends who are dating or married, for whom Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate their love, yet many seminarians are glad to be freed from the demands and expectations that surround its commemoration.

Frankly, celibacy isn’t the cross it’s made out to be by some sections of the media.

How else could I tolerate my partner's unusual life goals? Some people act like I'm a martyr for dating someone with an unconventional career path, for supporting him in the same way he supports my career by reading every single article I write.

If you have spent more than two minutes in a room with me, you should be able to tell that I can't even tolerate a conversation with someone homophobic, let alone date them. I probably wouldn't be able to date someone in the military, but you don't see me sarcastically congratulating army wives. But I wish they would, because what matters more than my boyfriend's chosen career path is the fact that we have a great time together.

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