Since “test marriages” would be a violation of basic morals — even on the natural level — what we have instead is called courtship. I will not go into detail on many of those things one can read in a book such as Father Lovasik’s , or Father Kelley’s book on chastity I mentioned last week.
Courtship allows you to see if the one you’ve almost chosen is the one you’ll choose for life at the altar. This is a mixed audience and these subjects would be better handled in another venue, preferably in the home, where these books can be read with parents as your guides. What I would like to address is the notion of courtship and how it differs from the modern concept of dating.
(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 2005.
You can broaden your horizons and venture out for something more exotic and wonderful.In the aftermath of a messy split, it can be hard to have clarity. Sometimes, I’ll wander around an antique store, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Farmer’s Market....Read more There is a definite spectrum of normal behavior when it comes to dating.This is setting your standard: He must be a Catholic, firmly dedicated to the Faith and to raising a family well.He must have a certain education, certain interests, and so forth.