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Dating in the secular world is interesting, to put it mildly.
It also happens to be confusing, messy, disordered and sometimes scary. Because I’ve done it, I have had all too much practice having awkward conversations about why I go to mass as much as possible, why I go to confession, and my favorite, the “reasons why I won’t live with you/sleep with you/be unchaste with you before marriage”.
There’s nothing quite as fun as watching a date come to a grinding halt when you explain that not only are you Catholic, you’re really Catholic.
And while you may not actually wear a chastity belt, you might as well because, by golly, you are waiting until marriage! Nothing puts the breaks on burgeoning new romance quite like those conversations will.
Which brings me to the point of this blog: there are many pro’s (and one pseudo-con) to dating Catholic men.
While dating Catholic men is still confusing and sometimes scary, there are several upsides: In sum, dating a Catholic man can be all kinds of wonderful.
But there is one downside to dating a Catholic man, a downside that is actually a positive, but in my experience can be frustrating and downright painful.
This con contains lots of “opportunities” to die to self, and to rely on God.
I don’t know about you, but for this girl, that’s tough stuff. It is this: Catholic men take discernment seriously.
They discern if and how to pursue you, how to be in relationship with you, and if they feel called to marry you.
Not only do they discern whether they want to marry you, but they discern whether they want to be married at all!