How may I express intimacy in a chaste manner while dating? - By Anthony Buono
Can you expand on what is appropriate in a dating relationship for only a husband and wife have the "rights" to give each other in marriage. I have left the Roman Catholic church and joined the Parish of St. Matthew's At the very least, you and your potential boyfriend should have the Nicene Creed. If you are a Catholic dating a non-Catholic or a non-Catholic dating a Catholic in hopes of marriage, these are the 7 non-negotiable questions.
For most of us, we are exposed to all kinds of people. That makes it very easy to find people we get along with, share common interests, career goals, and are attracted to. Making friends is easy.
Even getting a date is pretty easy. It seems that everything about society has a pro-sex message and purpose. Having sex is as commonplace and expected as dining together. If there is concern, there is fear and guilt about bringing it up. This leads me to your concern about being involved with a Catholic. If your boyfriend is a practicing Catholic, there will be several key things about his religion that he will be committed to that should give any non-Catholic concern when it comes to considering a Catholic as a prospective future spouse.
These key things are: Any Catholic worth their salt believes that Jesus Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity, in the Holy Eucharist.
That the bread and wine on the altar at a Catholic Mass is changed in substance though not appearance into the body and blood of Christ at the hands of the Catholic priest.
A true Catholic must never, ever, believe it is only bread and wine, or just a symbol. A non-Catholic must accept that the person they love believes this, and never attempt to dissuade them otherwise. A true Catholic attends Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation. The act of confessing mortal sins to a Catholic priest, being absolved of those sins, and performing the penance. A practicing Catholic will go to Confession when they know they are in mortal sin.
This implies that the practicing Catholic stays on top of what the Catholic Church teaches in order to know what is sinful, and examines their conscience to determine when they have sinned. A non-Catholic must accept that the person they love submits to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church in their life and needs to have their mortal sins absolved by a Catholic priest. Genital intercourse prior to marriage is wrong and a mortal sin.
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If committed, the sacrament of confession is necessary. And who knows, prolonged toleration could very well turn into interest. After that, anything is possible. And that should not be viewed as a bad thing, or even a lesser thing. It could just be a very special opportunity. As Catholics we are meant to live in the world, to meet it head on.
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We are not meant to hide and live in compounds and make the world think we are weird. We are to live in the world as it is, and through the light which is meant to shine through us, draw people to Christ.
I am not saying that you should be with the virtuous atheist in order to convert him. To be with anyone, hoping to change him is never a wise idea. But his atheism might not be the horrendous stumbling block that, in your starry eyed teen years, you thought it to be.
In the end, the objective should be to find someone who loves you abundantly and generously desires your good, for whom you willingly and eagerly do the same. But they must never allow their intimacy to get expressed sexually.
There can be signs of affection, but they cannot go too far, for the intimacy that is reserved for a man and a woman in marriage is too sacred to be abused. The dating process is time of mystery that builds up toward a great unveiling. Marriage is a lifetime of unveiling. You also want to be careful about your dating time going on too long.
For older singles, there should not be the need of as much time dating as younger people might have to do. Most older people know who they are, what they have, and what they want. They should have a maturity level that can allow for a reasonable amount of dating before entering exclusivity courtshipand then shortly after that, engagement to be married.
If you are able to see each other for several days at a time at least a couple of times per month, you should both know if you want to be exclusive within three months or so. After another three months or so of exclusivity, which is a time period used to determine a reason why you both should NOT get married, there should be engagement.
Then, of course, marriage should take place six months or so after that. This timeline depends on spending your time together and apart wisely. What is a "wise" use of this time of dating and courtship? Getting to know each other, spending time with each other in person and with each other's family and friends, asking as many questions as necessary, and discovering love.
There will be a point when you both discover that you really can't see living your lives without the other. That is the time to get engaged to be married. Be careful of men that prolong dating and will not go exclusive. You need to see a man making "commitment moves" all along the way. These commitment moves will be a sign to you that this man is serious about the process of finding a wife.
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If he is already not interested in seeing other women, then, in a way, you are already exclusive. But the courtship period should be accepted by both "officially". You will want to hear him say that he is not open to any other women during this time of discovering a reason why you should not get married. So to go into courtship means that marriage should already have been talked about. There is no need to get obsessive about how all these things will play out.
Marry that virtuous Atheist!
All I am doing is giving food for thought. Things should and will happen quite naturally. What I want to make sure you avoid is investing too much time in a relationship that goes nowhere. In other words, you should not be just "dating" after six months. That's too long to not be committed to a serious phase of your relationship and moving toward engagement.
Otherwise, you not only may be wasting your time, you might invest your heart to the point of really getting hurt unnecessarily. That brings me to the word "love. A man will use the word "love" much more quickly and loosely than will a woman. Your job is to make sure you don't use that word until you know he is the man you want for the rest of your life and that you are pretty certain he DOES love you and is not just saying it at an emotional level.
Saying "I love you" too early can cause confusion as you go along. So be careful of this. There is so much more I could share with you, but I think this should suffice for now to help you along.
I hope you find it helpful.