This is unfortunate, because it is difficult to discern a life-long marriage partner when the eyes of the couple are clouded by uncontrolled sexual passions and desires.
There are some general rules that unmarried couples should abide by in order to foster the virtues of chastity, charity and self-control in the relationship so that the couple can truly come to know one another and God’s Will for them.
Recently an article I posted about Catholic men and dating went a little viral.
This week a Catholic gal (who wished to remain anonymous) responds with some suggestions for avoiding common Catholic dating faux pas.
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.
These actions are always gravely wrong between unmarried people, and no “good intention” can ever make them right.
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.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.We at the Catholic Unattached Directory are committed 24/7 to forming good Catholic marriages.However, the fees we charge do not fully cover our outgoings and without donations we could not be able to continue this apostolate.
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It is a terrible situation when we ourselves fall into mortal sin, but when we have the soul of another in our hands, we must be equally careful not to lead them into sin.