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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 […]

Dating: Solid Bunny vs. Hollow Bunny
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Dating: Solid Bunny vs. Hollow Bunny

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The highlight of every child’s Easter basket is the chocolate bunny. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it. I don’t know about you, but I have always preferred the solid chocolate bunny over the hollow bunny. What an utter disappointment to bite into that ear and have it shatter chocolate crumbs all over. […]

Bring Your Luggage, Don't Lug Your Baggage
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Bring Your Luggage, Don’t Lug Your Baggage

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If you haven’t yet seen the film October Baby yet, find the time to do so.  I can’t recommend it strongly enough. It’s one of the best films I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to critique the film or focus on the obvious pro-life aspect of the story (that’s for you to discover for yourself), […]

Meditation on the Crucifix
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Meditation on the Crucifix

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“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to […]

The Guy-Girl Friendship
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The Guy-Girl Friendship

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Men and women can’t be just friends. It was the main point of a video that made the rounds a few months back in the wonderful world of social media, linked below for your convenience. http://youtu.be/T_lh5fR4DMA Makes a compelling case.  But regardless of which side of the fence […]

Fasting That Can Help Your Love Life
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Fasting That Can Help Your Love Life

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Lent is a time when we make an attempt to address things about our corporeal and spiritual lives that need addressing. Many give up sweets as a gesture of putting aside objectively good things associated with feasting to live the days of mourning in preparation for when they will feast again at Easter. Some attempt […]

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The Silent Treatment

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Have you ever given or received the silent treatment? Chances are good that most of you have. I think this AT & T commercial about the silent treatment is very clever, and will give you a good laugh. Like most jokes, there is an element of truth to it. In particular, the angst that accompanies […]

Just Give Me a Hug!
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Just Give Me a Hug!

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If you don’t know the power of a hug, then you are probably not having much success in your relationships. To hug is to heal.  To be hugged is to be healed. To not hug is to deprive. I am not exaggerating when I say that hugs have the power to convert. A person having […]

Top Five Dating Tips for Men
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Top Five Dating Tips for Men

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This Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d do something different.  People who follow my writing know that I rarely give guy’s dating advice.  I feel that it can be hard for a woman to effectively mentor a man on dating, because let’s face it: we have not walked in their shoes.  Nevertheless, a sincere Catholic man […]

A Letter to My Daughter
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A Letter to My Daughter

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My dear daughter, I know that you feel like no one can possibly understand the way you feel right now.  You think no one has ever felt this way.  You feel alone.  You look around and see couples and feel like the “odd man out.”  What you fail to see are all the other young […]

Conjugal Love is Not an Act of the Will
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Conjugal Love is Not an Act of the Will

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A couple of years ago, a well-known and highly regarded apologist sent his subscriber list an email article about finding a spouse.   He began by explaining that when he was young, he made the mistake of thinking that liking and loving were basically the same thing, with the latter being just a more intense version […]

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 […]

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