Rotating shift work (work schedule changes DAILY) prevents me from regular and frequent engagement with singles/Young Adults groups at local churches. I have met PLENTY of Protestant girls, and have even been seeing one for about a year now. She is well aware I like her, but want to marry a Catholic; she herself desires another Protestant and won't attend mass with me (and certainly will never bring her 2 year old daughter to a Catholic mass or other event.)
As I continue to fail miserably to link up with Catholic women in my area, I am beginning to think perhaps that God has placed this Protestant girl into my life for a reason and that I should simply give up on ever meeting a Catholic woman. I am serious in my desire to pick up and build a family now in my early 40s after divorce, subsequent conversion to Catholicism, and then granting of my annulment. Evidently I'm not good enough for local Catholic women of childbearing age in Tampa. :-( Maybe it is time to simply give in and fully pursue my Protestant friend.
We certainly can talk ourselves out of pursuing what COULD HAVE BEEN wonderful marriage partners.
Curious to know other people's experiences as I contemplate simply giving up on meeting a woman who shares my faith, and instead pursue a Christian woman who will never convert and who won't understand faith the way we (Catholics) understand it, but who can be a decent wife and mother, otherwise.
Our children would not be raised Catholic...which is a particularly tough pill for this fellow who wants to be a great Catholic dad who introduces his children to our faith and helps them to grow in it.
Friends are trying to convince me that my friend is acceptable since she is a Christian, even if she is not Catholic. Admittedly, there are worse things than to marry a fundamentalist Southern Baptist (!)
Just heartbroken and not knowing how to proceed with this relationship that has endured for about a year as I hold back, unable so far to fully engage with a woman who doesn't share my religion and believes I'm a nut because of my belief in Catholicism.
I'm not getting any younger, and have seen many on this site who have simply been too stringent in their criteria and who are now older and still single--well beyond childbearing age. Not wanting to let the rest of my best years pass by making the same mistake.