Please help. Maybe this is the wrong question for a nun, but maybe someone else on here can offer suggestions too. I'm a young single Catholic women called to marriage... where are all the (practicing) Catholic young men at? Oh, I know they still exist albeit few, but where? I have few friends outside of Catholic activities: volunteer work and the young adult group I attend. It seems that everyone there is already paired off, with respect to both relationships and friendship circles. I've been seeking a relationship and friendships for almost 3 years no avail. As far as love and marriage goes, I've been asking intersession from St. Raphael, Mary and Joseph. Thoughts? While my relationship with God has blossomed in this seclusion, I could really use someone to spend Friday nights with.
You are already taking all the advice everyone gives, which is to look no further than your church group, as though "Of Course that will work!" Not if everyone is paired up it won't, unless you are one unethical girl. Which would defeat the whole idea of finding someone in a church group.
It is disturbing that anyone would be "paired off" in a friendship circle. It seems to me that these are the people you want to infiltrate! Surely they have other friends and relatives!
Let's take a tip from our "Elder brothers" (as the Pope says), the Jews. The nice Jewish girls I know have pretty good look finding people at least to date (if not marry). Why? Because they let their intentions be known. They ask friends and relatives, "Got a fella for me?" Dates ensue.
A few years ago, I would have told you to stay away from the internet. And I'm old, so the whole idea of internet dating still gives me the willies. Apparently, however, it's time for me to put on my big girl wimple and admit that out of the five happy couples I have recently met on their way to the altar, three of those couples sought each other on the internet. No one is more surprised than me.
But when I think about it, the truth is there are many people finding many things on the internet. God, for one. I can't tell you how many readers I've had who have said that reading blogs brought them to the Catholic Church, or back to Her.
Meanwhile, two things: offer it up. There are worse things that not having a date on the weekend. Tsunami's for example. Life on the Sahara.
Having no relationship with God, who apparently is very happy to be your date.
Secondly: St. Agnes. She is the patron saint of man hunters (and Girl Scouts). You've missed out on this year's "bedtime egg". But that doesn't mean you can't turn to her, even though she was never interested in having a boyfriend. I've never quite understood why she is the patron saint of the opposite of what was going on with her, but it's not my call. She has been the patron saint of man hunting since her untimely death. It's rather like having Marie Goretti as the patron saint of finding a boyfriend, but she's the patron saint of teen purity.
Anyhow, St. Agnes is as effective as the internet, as far as I know.
Meanwhile, my recent advice about finding friends applies to adults, too.