This was written in preparation for a series of conferences on vocations and states in life that I gave at Saint Benedict Center in the Spring of Please see the end of this piece for a small table of contents with links to the other conferences. Last week, we spoke about choosing a partner. Now, there are two aspects to choosing a partner. One is the choice of an ideal partner you would like. This is setting your standard: He must be a Catholic, firmly dedicated to the Faith and to raising a family well.
Courtship: The Chaste Preparation for Holy Matrimony
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In modern society, a lot of people base love on feelings, on looks, or drama, which they misinterpret as passion. Some men will deliberately provoke drama in order to cause emotional distress or feelings of jealousy within a woman ……by the way, this is a form of emotional abuse. Modern dating is usually done as a recreational thing i. Whereas courtship is an intentional and purposeful process carried out with marriage as the ultimate goal. The main purpose of courtship is a process of looking to see if the person who is courting us has sufficient virtue to be a good husband and father — and vice versa. As a result, courtship is never done for an extended period of time or you increase the chances of falling into sexual sin.
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I love the courtship idea and would like to promote it with my daughters. Some will no doubt be attending Catholic colleges here in the states. What suggestions do you have for having the families involved while they are living away on campus? Or should I encourage them to not even think about it until their senior year. Do they just do things in groups when some young man asks for a date?
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