Re: Does your spouse make you feel like God is real?
In strong catholic countries to have a son enter the priesthood was about as big a deal as you could ever imagine.My relatives in Ireland tell me about little boys as young as four years old being pushed towards priesthood without ever having a choice in the matter.They start as altar boys and eventually all their free time is spent on church activities.If you have a paedophile priest or parish council member then these kids are ripe for exploitation and if it is discovered,the child is made feel that it was his fault and is sworn not to reveal anything.Then years later he can't form a relationship with a woman and has left the church.Alcohilism,drug addiction and suicide are rampant in these cases.
My nephew is being ordained this summer, and yes, it is a huge deal. The last family member to become a priest is now in his 80s.
I hope he will free to leave, though, if he ever decides it is no longer for him.
One of the deepest feminine pleasures is when a man stands full, present, and unreactive in the midst of his woman's emotional storms. When he stays present with her, and loves her through the layers of wildness and closure, then she feels his trustability, and she can relax. -- David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man