Catholic and dating
(This is likely less of an issue with practicing Catholic men who tend to be more vocation-oriented, but it's worth a mention.) The Solution: Being intentional about dating doesn't mean making the date about anything more than getting to know the person, but you are a vocation-conscious Catholic man, are you not?
Everyone's an expert on where the blame should be placed: the hook-up culture, the hang-out culture, the so-called 'friend-zone', feminism, men being wimps, women taking the initiative instead, discernment dragging on, and the list continues.She remains to this day my closest friend, the knower of my soul, and my ticket to heaven.For those of you called to marriage, I hope you find what I did and more!After about three months of developing a friendship we discerned that we should officially begin our dating relationship.Then, about two years from the day we first met, we were married and truly began a life together.The recent post, "Catholic Men Should Be the Best Daters", refreshingly did not attempt to psychoanalyze our stilted romantic lives, but presented a simple and practical message: guys, just ask girls out.
The post apparently hit a nerve, with many men and women sharing it through social media.
They're mostly common sense but there can often be a deficiency of common sense when the opposite sex is concerned.
Here are 4 common Catholic dating problems, with advice on how to navigate them: (1) The Problem: Catholic circles are small This has many positive aspects, but also lends to a common problem: if you ask a bunch of girls out, you'll end up dating girls who are close friends or roommates and...can get awkward. The Solution: Do ask girls you are interested in out, but don't go so far as to be a serial dater.
Your soul is at stake and perhaps a happy marriage and a possible vocation. The road to chastity is paved with prayer, the Eucharist, and reading of the New Testament.
Certainly, what this world needs more of, besides good, holy men, are good and holy relationships that blossom into good and holy marriages.
This guide is for all the single guys out there who may feel a calling to the vocation of marriage.