61, Freeman, MO
Mother Angelica, thank you for your service, and please pray for us!
I characterize myself as a rural professional. I live in a home that I affectionately refer to as "my monastery", a spacious, modern log home in the midst of 80 wilderness acres. Understandably, my wilderness lifestyle is not everybody's "cup of tea", but it is the baggage that comes with me. Although my Brittany dogs enjoy the property, I've always hoped to see children laughing, running, and playing on it. I believe God intended people to live in gardens like Adam and Eve rather than cities where the handiwork of the Creator is greatly obscured. Interests/hobbies include gardening, golf, astronomy, vegetarian cooking, and ballroom dancing.
Past experience has taught me it imperative to mention my perceived vocational calling at this early stage. As a Catholic, I believe there are many "Divinely Called Vocations". My perceived calling is intrinsically coupled with the Marriage vocation because it involves family, but not family as most traditionally understood. While I would certainly welcome with great love, children of my spouse and my genetics, I must recognize that, although I believe the world can never have too children, far too many children lack good homes. I'm hopeful to be called to provide a home to an orphan or two. Perhaps more, considering the size of my home, it could easily accommodate a dozen children.
To elaborate, I'll address a personal conviction that I refer to as "The Catholic Home Reserves". I adapted this term after befriending a 60 old gentleman, who I came to understand to be an ex-Marine just a few minutes into our initial meeting. Minutes later, I emphatically learned otherwise. He's not an ex-Marine, he's a Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. He can be called to active duty at any age, particularly given his training as a Marine sniper. As a Catholic, I believe that my home, and also hopefully someday, the home of my future wife as well as any children, does not belong to me. It belongs to God. And being Gods "Catholic Home", He may decide at any time to unmistakably call upon this "Catholic Home" to offer its self to a child needing a home. Just like the Marines, "Once a Catholic Home, always a Catholic Home!" Similarly, just like the vocation of the Priesthood, "Once a Priest, always a Priest!" All of Gods sacramental vocations are ordained to serve others, not self. And in obeying that call, we find true meaning in life.