The Crescat speaks poignantly and powerfully from the heart about the condition of being single. I think C.S.Lewis calls it a ‘severe mercy’. Go here.
Sometimes people see Fr. Longenecker as the married priest and think, “It’s okay for him. He has it all. Priesthood and marriage.” It is true that I have been mightily blessed. Undeservedly so. However, there have been times in my past. I was a celibate Anglican priest for seven years before marrying. Then there were the ten years I longed to be a Catholic priest but it didn’t happen.
Maybe someday I will tell the tale. Suffice it to say that I hear you.