Dating a catholic girl
He was cute, but sort of a jerk, until we met up again after my first year of college. Which in my unformed mind was sort of like being a Protestant. We would attend Mass with his family sometimes and attend church with mine on other days. Issues of where we would be married, and who would officiate our wedding, and how we would raise our children suddenly needed to be hashed out.
That cute little Bobby was now Bob, and he was all grown up. For the first three years, we had a long distance relationship so church attendance was never really an issue. My not-so-Catholic fiancé started talking about things like having our marriage ‘recognized’ by the Church.
Or was it critical that I dig in my heels in and reject the Church teachings that I had dismissed before seeking to understand? There is beauty and consistency and reason behind all of the teachings of the Church.
There was little room for compromise in our wedding ceremony because, well, rules are rules, but I knew that once we set up our home, I would have the influence over my children’s understanding of Christianity. They can be hard to accept, but they make rational sense once you begin to explore them.
He introduced me to a priest who opened up my heart to the Holy Spirit. He saw the beauty and goodness in the process and he supported it.
Little did I know that five years after we were married the Holy Spirit would call me to be in full communion with the Church. If you are hoping for conversion of a loved one, it is a good idea to dig a little deeper into what your faith actually believes.
I wrote about that already (here) so let’s just jump to what you can do to help your loved one be or stay open to Catholicism during the dating years. Why do we believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist? Signing up to be a sponsor for RCIA is a great way to become re-catechized and this will help you to fully understand the personal process that is conversation.
Sometimes our paths intersect with others; sometimes they run parallel.
As a wife, now my job is to help with the sanctification of my husband.
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There is a campy song from my Protestant youth group days with the refrain “they will know we are Christians by our love.” When we live our faith in plain sight, the joy that comes from living a sacramental life is transparent to those in our lives. Go to Mass, read the daily readings, and develop your prayer life.