Category: Dating & Singles

 Can I Have a Catholic Marriage if I’m Not a Virgin?
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Can I Have a Catholic Marriage if I’m Not a Virgin?

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Dear Anthony, I’m confused, and slightly worried. I recently read an article by a respected Catholic author talking about being married to the person you lose your virginity to, that it is a fact the Bible teaches, and that those who marry someone else are not really married in the eyes of God. It was […]

Like, Ever
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Like, Ever

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Dear Anthony, I recently asked a girl out who I met on Ave Maria Singles.  She seemed so nice, but not very Catholic.  I think she would be so awesome if she would just get more serious about her faith.  I met with her so I could evangelize her and she stormed out of the […]

How to Glorify God in Your Singleness, Part II
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How to Glorify God in Your Singleness, Part II

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This is the second of a two-part guest post from Lisa Marie Hunt on glorifying God with your singleness.  Click here to go back and read Part One. Last week, I wrote a article answering why we women (and really just people in general) have a tendency to long for marriage.  Now I would like […]

Why We Long For Love and How to Glorify God in Your Singleness, Part I
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Why We Long For Love and How to Glorify God in Your Singleness, Part I

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Question: A question that has been bugging me lately: Why are we women so in a rush to get married? I’m a 26 year old medical student and I’ll be graduating at age 30. I was dating this guy…but sadly we had to separate. The event devastated me and I started to seek God more, and trust […]

Why Would My Ex-boyfriend Try to Ruin My Reputation?
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Why Would My Ex-boyfriend Try to Ruin My Reputation?

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Dear Anthony, I decided to give in and accept his interest in being more than friends, and we started dating.  Long story short, it didn’t work out and we lost our friendship as well, which I’m still trying to get over.  But what I have to deal with even more is the shock that this […]

 Karaoke: a Universal Love Language?
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Karaoke: a Universal Love Language?

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Have you ever gone on a karaoke date night?  It can be a great way to get to know each other and see each other’s sillier side.  And definitely, you can get up and dance together to a great song someone else is singing. You might be asking yourself “What if I embarrass myself or […]

Refinding Fidelity
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Refinding Fidelity

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These days, it seems we all know young couples who are living together— a friend, perhaps, or even a son or daughter. With cohabitation so common, living together hardly causes “scandal” anymore. In fact, when a government study found last year that 48% of young women cohabited with a partner as a first union, one […]

Text Me Back or It’s Over!
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Text Me Back or It’s Over!

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Let me start by saying it’s okay to not know where your partner is or what they’re doing every moment of every day. There is an epidemic in today’s dating scene that is ruining relationships. It is the obsession to need constant knowledge of the whereabouts of the other. If you think I am being […]

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Treating People Like Objects

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Be careful who you leave behind.  You just might have turned your back on love and happiness. I figured I would start with the bottom line.  Dating should be about beginning your commitment to marriage when a suitable partner comes along.  But sadly, dating today seems to be about perpetually waiting for “the right one,” […]

Denied the City
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Denied the City

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But when sex is divorced from love there is a feeling that one has been stopped at the vestibule of the castle of pleasure; that the heart has been denied the city after crossing the bridge. Sadness and melancholy result from such a frustration of destiny, for it is the nature of man to be […]

A Singular Vocation
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A Singular Vocation

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When my fiancé and I were still just dating, we approached our priest and spiritual director and asked him how we might discern if we were called to marriage together. He leaned back in his chair and said, “You have to know how to pray, and what to ask when you pray.” Father went on […]

Love is Not a Union of Opinions
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Love is Not a Union of Opinions

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People have strong opinions.  And with a strong opinion comes a definite sense of being right. Sadly, in the dating process, too many singles believe that they have not found love if they are dating someone who has different opinions.  In other words, love is about having the same opinions. But love is the union […]

Teenage Sex: A Family Affair?
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Teenage Sex: A Family Affair?

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According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them that they ought to wait to have sex at least until they get out of […]

How to Stay Chaste: 10 Tips for Couples
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How to Stay Chaste: 10 Tips for Couples

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It’s all well and good for a single gal to tell y’all to be good, but when you’re really in love things can get hard. After last week’s post on chastity, some of you might be wondering how on earth people do it. From what I’ve gathered, it generally involves more than just a strong […]

Teens and Dating
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Teens and Dating

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It may come as a surprise to many, but dating is a relatively recent phenomenon. So says Jason E. King, author of Dating: A Practical Catholic Guide, published by the Knights of Columbus Catholic Information Service. Prior to our modern conception of dating, which arose in the 20th century, says King, a family was much […]

You Will Get Pregnant and Die: Four Better Reasons to Wait
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You Will Get Pregnant and Die: Four Better Reasons to Wait

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It’s not hard to make an argument for chastity. After all, STDs are terrifying and unplanned pregnancies aren’t ideal. And there are the statistics that show increased depression in sexually active teens and increased rates of divorce among those who had multiple sexual partners. But if you’ve ever been in love, you know that scare […]

Can A Woman Pursue A Man?
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Can A Woman Pursue A Man?

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My short answer to this question is yes: I absolutely think it’s possible for a woman to pursue a man, in a real, genuine way that neither defies who we are in our femininity nor buys into what the culture has to offer. Until I was in my 20s, my dating experience was limited, to […]

I'm Not Sure if This is a Date
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I’m Not Sure if This is a Date

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Have you ever been on an “I’m not sure if this is a” date? We probably all are more sure than we say we are, but deny that we’re sure so if we discover that one of us isn’t getting what we want, it doesn’t hurt. It’s one of life’s little dramas. This is how […]

Woman In Love: A Love Story Worth Reading
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Woman In Love: A Love Story Worth Reading

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I’m sort of a sucker for love stories. But then again—aren’t we all?  Love is the most basic human need.  The music we listen to, the TV shows we watch… everything about the culture we live in testifies to the fact that we are starving for real love that satisfies.  Because of this, I believe […]

Just Friends?
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Just Friends?

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The dreaded phrase, “I think it would be better if we were just friends,” has been feared by teenagers for decades.  The fear that, after professing love for a girl, she’ll look at him and whip out this infamous line has kept many a boy from even suggesting that next step.  And though much could […]

Don't Borrow Trouble - Waiting for Love
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Don’t Borrow Trouble – Waiting for Love

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Everyone has worries and something to worry about.  How will I make the payments? What do they think about me?  Will I do well on my test?  Will my son get a good job?  And for those dating: “Will I find the right person?” These are normal and healthy thoughts.  They are worries that acknowledge, […]

Love and Selfishness
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Love and Selfishness

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In recent times there has been somewhat of an appropriate backlash against the idea that a girl is supposed to be an idle “princess” just waiting around for her Prince Charming.  In fact, not to long ago I wrote a post about how we don’t actually have to wait another minute for our love story […]

Calling the Case for Early Marriage into Question
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Calling the Case for Early Marriage into Question

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I crack me up as I car-shop. I crack me up because I like the coupe but I think the sedan is smarter. This is because my current car has been my car for 10 years, which implies my next car could be my car for 10 years, too. If it is, I imagine (hope, […]

Are You Dating a Terrorist?
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Are You Dating a Terrorist?

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In today’s troubled world, we sadly have the word “terrorist” presented to us on a regular basis.  When we hear that word, our thoughts are immediately drawn to those who perform public acts of violence and destruction with an intent to kill people. Did you ever give any thought to the possibility that the person […]

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