Catholic dating tips

20 May

Live your life focused on putting God first, investing in a deeper relationship with him and with others, but remaining OPEN. Love is accepting the whole package unconditionally… “We can say that inner innocence (that is, the rightness of intention) in the exchange of the gift consists in a reciprocal ‘acceptance’ of the other in such a way that it corresponds to the very essence of the gift; in this way, the mutual gift creates the communion of persons. If you have it when you aren’t ready to be a parent or ready to make a total gift of yourself, it will poison your relationship. The more you know someone, the more you’ll want to love them.

If you are still single, know that a boyfriend/girlfriend is a gift, not something you can force or work for. The more you love someone, the more you’ll want to know them. A priest, a nun, another couple or a couple’s group are great tools for learning to understand one another, and not eat each other alive, learning to balance each other out and live life together.

In fact, it has probably just gotten more difficult.

Always give your date “you”, that is, be yourself and talk about things you are familiar with.Editor’s note: The Catholic Match Institute is happy to announce our newest contributor, Arleen Spenceley.Arleen is a Catholic blogger, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, and author of Chastity is For…Why am I talking to you about shopping carts when this book is about dating?Well, I recall my bad luck with grocery carts because many times Ive experienced a similar battle of wills with dating.