Tag: "dating"

This Modern Love
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This Modern Love

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To pursue, or to be pursued? That is the question. ‘Tis nobler in the mind to date until your breath is taken, or heart is broken… Dating – in the man-meets-woman, man-asks-woman-out way**- may sound outdated to those more liberated in their feelings. Instead, people get to know each other by hanging out and never […]

Fun Ideas for Date Night (in the Great Outdoors)
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Fun Ideas for Date Night (in the Great Outdoors)

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While getting my hair done recently, I flipped through one of those magazines I’d never buy but enjoy as a guilty pleasure every now and then. One page in particular caught my attention—a list of what’s currently “in” and “out.” I was pleasantly surprised to see that indoor dates are “out” while dates in the […]

Getting Over a Failed Relationship
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Getting Over a Failed Relationship

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Have you ever had someone tell you to get over it when you’re expressing the pain of a failed relationship? It’s not easy to get over it.  Whatever “it” is, you have been affected, and you can’t control your feelings or your memories. In your mind, you wonder how you are supposed to get over […]

Love is Tough
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Love is Tough

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I sat in my seat in a circle of students in my counseling theories class. Pen in hand and a self-inventory worksheet on top of a book on my lap, I thought about the question at the top of the paper: What did you learn about love from how your parents treated you? This is […]

Top Five Obstacles to Getting to ‘I Do’
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Top Five Obstacles to Getting to ‘I Do’

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I’ve written about Catholic dating for about five years now and also coach women one-on-one to get to ‘I Do.’ From day one, my approach was a little different because I’m a no-bones-about-it realist. We Catholics love to cling to our ideals! We aren’t always interested in how things are, and prefer to focus on […]

Guard Your Heart
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Guard Your Heart

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” – Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” – NLT “With closest custody, guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life” – NAB “Keep your heart with all vigilance, […]

Why Young Men are Giving Up on Marriage
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Why Young Men are Giving Up on Marriage

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Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew recently found that the number of women 18-34 saying that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things rose from 28 percent to […]

The Goal of Chastity
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The Goal of Chastity

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I have suspected for a while now that there is little clarity in our culture regarding the goal of chastity. This is probably in part because there is little clarity regarding the difference between abstinence (which ends at marriage) and chastity (which never ends). But it is also probably in part because chastity contradicts the […]

How is a Relationship Like a Garage Sale?
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How is a Relationship Like a Garage Sale?

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…from a distance it looks like it could be interesting, but up close, it’s just a ton of crap you don’t need. These are the words from something I found on Pinterest, minus the profanity (though you have to admit, it’s the right choice of word). I laughed, of course, at first because I can […]

Does Love Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry?
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Does Love Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry?

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Dear Anthony, I have gotten very serious recently with a man I met on Ave Maria Singles. My only reservation so far is that I have never heard him say he is sorry for anything. I seem to be the only one who has to be sorry for things. If I try to tell him […]

When Love and Career Collide
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When Love and Career Collide

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Like most women in my post-feminist generation, I grew up knowing exactly what I did not want when it came to love and work. I did not want to sacrifice my personal life at the altar of the all-consuming career. Nor did I want to surrender professional success in a fit of passion or panic […]

Are We Getting Married Too Soon?
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Are We Getting Married Too Soon?

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Dear Anthony, My pastor is skeptical that long distance relationships can have the personal and practical growth to move toward marriage. My fiance lives in California, and I’m in Canada. He first wrote me on AMS nine months ago. We met the first time two months ago. A month ago I flew to California for […]

Should You Date Non-Catholics?
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Should You Date Non-Catholics?

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For the average practicing Catholic, dating can be really fun. After all, you’re young, ready to discern marriage, and maybe even ready to start a family of your own. But when it comes to the questions of dating non-Catholics, a lot of questions begin to surface. What are their opinions about the teachings of the […]

A Happy Relationship Needs Sadness
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A Happy Relationship Needs Sadness

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Dear Anthony, The way you speak about marriage, I think I can say I have never seen it in anyone’s marriage, least of all my parents. All my family’s marriages were bad, unhappy. So, how can I expect to be happy?  And please do not mention God! Sadness is the key to being truly happy. […]

7 Types of False Love
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7 Types of False Love

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There is nothing quite like being in love and sharing a loving relationship. You often hear about finding “true love,” but we seldom stop to think about what that means. To consider this properly, you need to know a little something about true love. What makes it true? There is much to say about true […]

Would You Date You?
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Would You Date You?

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Would the type of person you are praying to meet and fall in love with find you attractive? When and if it should happen that you meet someone special, fall in love, and get married, the process starts with you. This is the premise of my first book, Would You Date You? I appeared on […]

Values, Virtues, and Your Daughter's Date
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Values, Virtues, and Your Daughter’s Date

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I’ve been a parent for a long time now, and I have heard many, many parents — in real life, in print, and on television — talk about their ultimate hopes for their children: “I just want my child to be happy.” “I want my child to be successful.” “I want my child to have […]

Why I Hate Mr. Darcy
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Why I Hate Mr. Darcy

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No, that isn’t one of my misleading provocative titles.  I’m not going to be all clever and then reveal that I, like every woman my age, think Darcy is just the most wonderful thing ever.  He’s not.  He’s kind of awful. If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice–or at least seen the BBC movie–you might […]

Opposites Attract, But Can They Go the Distance?
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Opposites Attract, But Can They Go the Distance?

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Dear Anthony, I’ve recently started dating a girl who everyone says is wrong for me. They don’t like that I broke up with a girl who seemed perfect for me in order to date this girl I’m seeing now.  I keep telling people opposites attract just to get them off my back.  But honestly, I […]

Finding a Good, Catholic Restaurant
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Finding a Good, Catholic Restaurant

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“I know a great little place where we can get some good, authentic Catholic cuisine.”  How would you react if your date made that statement?  If you’re being honest, wouldn’t you silently stare at that person with a blank look on your face, and think to yourself “Um…I think I’ll go home now”? I have […]

Mom's Rules for Getting the Girl
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Mom’s Rules for Getting the Girl

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At a bridal shower today I was chatting with a friend who told me this true story about someone she knows- A woman was on a first date with a man. As they drove in the car to their destination of a nice restaurant,  the conversation was lively and they found they had much in […]

Tired of Being Alone - The Singles Trap
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Tired of Being Alone – The Singles Trap

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Dear Anthony, I’m absolutely fed up!  I’m done!  I’m tired of the singles trap and everyone telling me it’s just not my turn yet!  Why isn’t it my turn?  Why must it take so long?  I’m tired of being alone!  I’m tired of having no one to share my life with!  I’m trying not to […]

Is Jealousy a Relationship Killer?
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Is Jealousy a Relationship Killer?

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Dear Anthony, My girlfriend and I are very serious and talk about marriage. But I’m a little concerned about how she accuses me of being too friendly with other women.  I guess I should be happy that she cares so much for me that she would be jealous of other women. But I wish she […]

Love Doesn’t React in Anger
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Love Doesn’t React in Anger

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Dear Anthony, I was wondering if you could help me. I really love my boyfriend, but sometimes he just snaps at me for no reason. I don’t like it when he raises his voice at me. I snap back at him in anger, which doesn’t make it any better, I know. But I don’t want […]

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