The Challenges Of Catholic Dating
Catholic dating can be a challenge for anyone. It does not matter what your dating history is. It does not matter what you look like or who you are. Being Catholic means that there are some things that you will do differently than others in standard American culture will. Regardless of your opinion of that, you should not put aside your own beliefs to follow those of someone else. Many have the opinion that they will not find someone who shares their beliefs. What they do not know is that there are hundreds of thousands of people looking for just the right person, just like you are, who shares their beliefs, just like your own.
Many Catholics dating face challenges because of their religious beliefs. Any of the following may occur in your experiences.
· Religious obligations; many find that those who say they are Catholic do not practice the faith as strictly as others do. This may lead to conflicts now and down the road.
· Feeling isolated from society. Movies, advertisements even television is filled with inappropriate context and that leaves you feeling left out and not part of the culture. You know those things are bad, but you still may feel like you are unable to date someone because you have ability to partake in those actions.
· You cannot seem to find others who share your lifestyle choices. For example, you may be a Catholic who does not work on Sundays and spends the day in prayer. You may be a Catholic who is committed to charity work and the church. You may struggle to find others who share similar goals.
Overcoming The Challenges
While there are likely many other challenges that you may feel on a daily basis when it comes to dating as a Catholic, it is important to note that there are ways to get around virtually every one of them.
1. Look for others to date who are practicing in the same ways you are. For example, if you are part of a church, do find others that are also.
2. Find other interests that you can share with those who you meet. For example, if you are not able to watch various television programs that are obscene, select other programs to be passionate about and share those experiences. Comedy, mysteries, and even history programs may be a better option. Locate others that like those television programs. The same can be said for movies.
3. Be open about your religious obligations and the way that you practice your faith. There is no reason to preach this to another, as it may not be the right place, but it is important to be honest about what is important to you. There is no benefit in hiding this information from another.
When you pursue others with an open heart and do so with God's graces, you will find that person who is just the right fit for you. The challenges of being Catholic and dating may be numerous, but they are only difficult enough to allow you to find just the right person to share your life with.