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12 September 2005 @ 11:31 am
This probably isn't the place, but it certainly seems like the time, anyway.

I've been struggling with various aspects of my life for several years. Questions abound. Answers are just starting to come.

I've taken a leave of absence.

I have other friends who have departed the priesthood, so I have some idea of what might happen if I follow suit. And, happily, I have a support system.

The fault is not with the Church or with religion. But I don't believe the fault is mine, either. I suppose I'd say that I've ended up discovering I'm not compatible with this life-role.

I realize this doesn't explain the process. There's been a lot of searching and a lot of prayers and counsel before I made the decision to take some time away. While it's entirely possible I'll return to the priesthood, I'm leaving myself open at this point.

It's a big change to think of myself as Michael, the man, rather than Michael, the priest. I'm curious to see what it's like to walk in the world without the collar. (No, I don't always wear it literally, but it's always been there, even so.)

I hope my friends will continue to keep me in their prayers, though I've no doubt they will.
Mood: curiousintrospective
Stalker Extraordinaire: dark shadowspetarpan on April 21st, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
I admire your courage. Should you journal about your struggle and journey I am interested in reading it.