turbobilly saidWell, Mr. Dave, I went to Catholic HS and endured a once a year "Would you like to be a priest or nun?" PR assembly to get the young folks interested in joining up.......jeez...we would sit there horrified......lol.......
I went to a Catholic K through 8 "grammar" school, then to a Jesuit 4-year prep school (no middle school at that time). And in grammar (elementary) school we were constantly urged to consider becoming priests or nuns.
I guess at some point I checked a block on a form that said I wanted to become a priest, because I found myself being taken out of 8th-grade class for an interview with a seminary recruiter. Ironic, because one of my mother's cousins was in charge of a seminary that I had visited.
So anyway, I realized I was in peril, this was not what I wanted to do, and I had to get out of this. But at 13 I was far from sophisticated (Hell, at 64 I'm still far from sophisticated). But I knew I had to nip this in the bud, or I'd find myself in vestments and maybe a monastery before I knew it. It went something like this:
"Well, Robert, I see here you've expressed a desire for the priesthood. Why do you want to become a priest?"
"Ummm... well... I've thought about a lot of careers, but I didn't think I'd be any good at them. So I figured I'd be a priest instead."
[Pause] "Don't you think being a priest is also a career?"
"Yeah, sure, but you don't have to be good at anything."
"So you think being a priest is for men who can't do anything else?"
"Well, yeah, they can't take regular jobs."
"What about having a calling for the priesthood, an avocation?"
It went on like this for a little while, my long-term memory of it preternatural & photographic, as good as my short-term memory is bad, I can see him sitting across from me now. But in the end I knew I had accomplished my goal, and I got no more unwelcome invites to the priesthood. Maybe I wasn't quite so naive & unsophisticated after all.