Category: Dating & Singles

Anxiety About Being Single
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Anxiety About Being Single

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Anyone who is not yet married give a little cringe when hearing the words of St. Paul in the second reading of the Mass this past Sunday, taken from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 7:32-35. Basically, the advice of St. Paul is to remain unmarried because to marry is a distraction to focusing on the things of […]

Love is Not Enough. Charity Matters.
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Love is Not Enough. Charity Matters.

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So just how selfish of a person are you? Answer: Very. Don’t worry, it’s not just you. We all are. Without a realization and admission of selfishness in your life, you lack the true charity required to successfully live out marital love. Therefore, your dating efforts are extremely risky. I say “true charity” because there […]

Vending Machine Morality
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Vending Machine Morality

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Quarters can’t buy protection against STD’s. Even without religion, the facts speak the truth. Peace of mind is free. When a former college president shared that he had installed vending machines with condoms in the girls’ dorms, my face must have betrayed disapproval.  After a pregnant pause, (sorry, couldn’t resist) he further explained, “The girls […]

New Year's Resolution for Singles
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New Year’s Resolution for Singles

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Another year, another long list of New Year’s resolutions waiting to be broken or fizzle out. I am not much of a New Year’s resolution person, but many are. God bless them! The spirit of wanting to make a change for the better is alive and well, especially in January. Most people fail at keeping […]

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Imitating the Holy Family

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This is the time of year when Christians are most focused on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Reflection on the Holy Family is more than just the Nativity scene. Naturally, Christmas focuses on the birth of the Saviour, and Mary and Joseph play key roles in this most important event. But, there […]

Do You Reject Dates Based on Family Background?
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Do You Reject Dates Based on Family Background?

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The Christmas season brought an influx of articles and posts about family.  Normally, “family” is one of those words that evokes that warm, toasty feeling.  When dating, family can cause much anxiety, though. Not only do people assess individuals as spousal material based on their own merits, but they also critique their family background.  My observation is […]

I'll Be Home for Christmas
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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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Dear Anthony, I’m getting married in June to the most wonderful man in the world!  But we are having a disagreement about how to handle our last Christmas as a non-married couple.  We can’t make it to both our families, but we cannot agree on whose family we should be with.  I assumed he would […]

You Don't Move to D.C. to Get Married?
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You Don’t Move to D.C. to Get Married?

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“You don’t move to Washington, D.C., to get married, you move here for your career.” Huh?  What? I spotted this line in a new Washington Post article about the supposed plunging popularity of marriage in the U.S.  If you have not seen the piece – you can find it here. In general – I think […]

Are You Dating a Pharisee?
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Are You Dating a Pharisee?

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Do you feel that you are dating someone who strikes you as having an overly high moral, education, or even cultural standard? Do you feel like your every action is being observed? Is the person overly critical of you? Are they quick to find fault in you but not in themselves? Do they make you […]

When Siblings Disagree With Your Choice of a Spouse
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When Siblings Disagree With Your Choice of a Spouse

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Dear Anthony, I just got engaged to a great guy.  I love him a lot, but my sisters both think I am making a mistake.  It bothers me a lot that they don’t approve of him and I am afraid this is going to cause problems both now as well as after we are married. […]

Your Relationship Deserves a Good Home, Part II
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Your Relationship Deserves a Good Home, Part II

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Home is the place where we feel safe, where we can shut out the world, enjoy the people we love and who love us, be accepted for who we are, and always go if something is wrong. Home is the place where we grow into the person we are called to be. Those whose home […]

Your Relationship Deserves a Good Home
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Your Relationship Deserves a Good Home

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“With the Lord, there is mercy and fullness of redemption.”   This responsorial psalm is derived from Psalm 130, which has the trembling words “If Thou, O Lord, should mark iniquities, who could stand?”  In other words, if You keep a record of sins, who could ever make it to heaven? How true.  We are committed […]

How to Handle a Breakup
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How to Handle a Breakup

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Summer is a rough time to experience a breakup because it’s the sunny season of barbecues and socializing.  Chapter Eleven of my book is Coping with Disappointment and Betrayal.  Most people who date have their heart smashed once or twice.  It’s not pleasant! Here are a few quick tips that should help you weather the […]

Dating Rules: 10 Rules for Chaste Dating
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Dating Rules: 10 Rules for Chaste Dating

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Ten Ways to Chaste Dating for the over-21 Crowd and for those who live Outside the Home Please note that teenagers should never “date” without supervision.  Alas, there is little one can do for college students who live in co-ed dorms except follow the below rules to the best of their ability.  May St. Joseph […]

Two Helpful Words for Marriage Seekers: Openness and Focus
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Two Helpful Words for Marriage Seekers: Openness and Focus

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The power of words can be phenomenal. I’m sure you’ve seen jewelry with inspiring words. A necklace with the word “Love,” a bracelet with the word “Dream,” a trinket box with the word “Remember.” The meaning and energy a word carries can help lift our hearts throughout the day and fill our minds with inspiration. […]

Is Religion Important in Relationships?
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Is Religion Important in Relationships?

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“Is religion important in relationships?”  When I am interviewed and get asked this question, usually on a Catholic program, I initially say that yes, religion is very important.  I say this because in a lot of ways, it is, and frankly, I could get heckled if the audience is full of Catholics and I don’t […]

Courtship vs. Dating -- Why Dating is More Likely to Get You Married
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Courtship vs. Dating — Why Dating is More Likely to Get You Married

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When I was single, the books I read recommended something called “courtship.” The problem was…it didn’t work, either for me or for anyone around me. So if you have a commitment this weekend, it is a good time to think about how courtship and dating philosophies differ, and why dating is more likely to get […]

The Dating Inbox
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The Dating Inbox

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When dating, women can get concerned about preserving their sense of privacy.  Boundaries are important – what if a guy turns out to be a pest? Here’s a quick tip:  Create an email address specifically for the early stages of dating. Most of us have easy access to free email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, […]

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