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I knew that my decision to attend seminary would present me, a 22 year old woman, with a unique set of challenges. If I had the opportunity to speak to male seminarians like my classmates , who are concerned with integrating female students into a world that has historically been dominated by men, I would offer three pieces of advice. I say this, not because any of my classmates have hit on me, but because I can tell that they are so afraid of coming across as expressing romantic interest, that they avoid me all together.
This speaks to a larger problem within Christian culture of viewing members of the opposite sex primarily as potential partners, rather than brothers and sisters in Christ, which is beyond the scope of this piece. However, please know that you can go into our interactions confident that I will not think you are flirting with me, unless, well, you actually flirt with me.
It will be just as real and hard earned as yours.
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A typical conversation I might have with a young man as he first starts his discernment might go a little something like this:. Are you still interested in discerning if you are called by God to be a priest? I do not know if I am ready for the commitment. If you were to go on a date with a girl, do you have to be percent sure you are going to marry her? Discerning a call to the priesthood is like entering into a dating relationship. Going to seminary is an in-depth dating process where you get to know more about how to be a future spouse of the Church, and the Church gets to discern if you are the right man for her.
I have been dating my girlfriend for one year and three months and we want to get married, but seminary makes me not want to get married.
The area of dating is tricky enough without adding the individual specifics of being a seminary student into the mix. Upon arrival my first day of classes my freshman year, I discovered a whole new realm of possibilities as far as dating goes. It was an open field of exciting and fresh opportunity to find a husband! Or so pretty much every female told me on campus. Sure, I wanted to date, or at least hang out with potential future mates.
I was so scared of my classes and failing them all in the whirlwind called freshmen year that I found myself pushing that idea aside, just knowing that there would be time to discover my soul mate over the course of four years. Did I ever date? The answer is yes.
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Note: Recent graduate Brian Jacobson, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, shares his reflection on his call to the priesthood and his time at Conception. First and foremost, I am a beloved son of an amazing Father. Raised in a loving, Catholic, pro-vocation home, I grew up with my older brother and three younger sisters.
My upbringing and the investment of my parents in sharing the faith with their children allowed me the freedom to be inquisitive about other faiths and beliefs, while knowing how to pursue the truths of the Catholic faith. From a young age, I prayed for my future vocation and was open to both marriage and the priesthood. That was a pretty great revelation until I discovered that females are also very attractive and maybe kneeling is not so bad after all.
While dating in college, I quickly realized that I could either keep growing in my faith which meant re-opening myself up to the possibility of seminary, or I could ignore that call and keep dating. As one captivated by the beauty and love of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, I knew I had to start considering seminary. It was then that I realized that I could not progress in my relationship with my girlfriend at the time without first considering the priesthood, and so I reluctantly began applying to seminary.
Unfortunately for me, coming to seminary did not mean I flipped a switch and became a saint. Working through my shortcomings, weaknesses, and wounds has been very painful at times, but it has all been worth it because this is how sainthood and heaven become possible. Living on a campus that is run by Benedictine monks has been powerful in showing me ways to concretely live out our baptismal call to poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Through the guidance of several of the monks, I have grown to love Sacred Scripture and praying it through a meditative practice of lectio divina.
I am in the middle of my first year. I still have at least three-and-a-half years left. I have been dating my girlfriend for one year and three months and we want to get married, but seminary makes me not want to get married because my father says that once you’re married, all your focus isn’t on God but that it’s also on someone else’s life Paul says this, not sure where. Now, what should I do?
I’m 20 years old.
This is an embarrassing topic for me. I have been considering going to seminary and I have started the process so next year I will be going to.
I want to be married. Thinking God might need a more active role from me, I decided to join the online dating scene through eHarmony. It was a three-month adventure, for sure, but not one I care to repeat. Everyone I never wanted to meet, I met via online dating. The very first match I received was an exceptionally attractive man, whose name shall remain anonymous. Watch out — he spits. We talked on the phone twice, and then agreed to meet in a public place.
Sure I thought he talked a lot, but I believed in grace and wrote it off as nervousness. Before we met, he asked that no matter what, we keep the date to two hours. That sounded like a reasonable boundary, so I agreed.
We had just ended a meeting with the Biblical Studies department on the prospects of doctoral education when a favorite professor of mine walked up to me and dropped this line. This was not just any professor; he was my hermeneutics professor and the residential scholar for all things wisdom literature. In the eyes of many students, there was no better person to go to for advice than this man who had spend the majority of his life marinating in the wisdom of Scripture. I did not take his advice and pursued a relationship with the young woman.
As the relationship continues to grow and the workload of seminary continues to mount I can see the wisdom my professor was trying to share, but I do not in any way regret my decision. In fact quite the opposite.
Building community, even on a Christ-centered seminary campus, can prove difficult for a single adult.
In their search for love, men suffer from similar frustrations. The whole process can be deeply confusing. Many fine commentators see Solomon as the hero of the Song of Songs. In my commentary, however, I disagree, seeing Solomon as part of the problem, not the solution. After all, in 1 Kings 11, the Bible does not depict Solomon as the sort of person to advise you on love and marriage. Solomon had deep patterns of sin and failure in his life—perhaps especially in the realm of his sexuality.
Deuteronomy forbade the king from multiplying wives, lest they turn his heart away from the Lord. Yet Solomon acquired no fewer than one thousand wives and concubines 1 Kings In the ancient world, polygamy was a way to flaunt your wealth, ensure many offspring, and cement strategic alliances. On a human level, those reasons seemed wise, designed to give security to the royal house. But acquiring one thousand lovers is a sign of a heart determined to be self-sufficient and independent of God.
Sex is never just about sex. Solomon paid a heavy price for ignoring what God had said in favor of human wisdom. Human wisdom tells us that our sexuality is just another natural appetite to be fulfilled, like eating or drinking.
Like many somethings, my boyfriend is in grad school. The unusual part? His grad school also happens to be a seminary.
Christopher M Date, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, Graduate Student. Studies Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, and Systematic Theology.
Dating while you are in seminary can be a challenge. It looks different for each couple no doubt, with two people involved there is an endless amount of factors to what your relationship looks like while you are in seminary. Are you both in school? In seminary? Are you both working? How involved are you in church?