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How Do I Know If I’ve Found “The One”?

For most people, deciding who they will marry is the single most life-defining decision they will ever make. As Tim Urban points out in his blog post How To Pick Your Life Partner, “when you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your children, your eating companion...

How Do We Use Social Media Without Losing Our Souls?

A couple of weeks ago, when I logged into Facebook, I encountered a guy called “Nick.” Nick had commented on a post that I had been promoting, titled Are Christian Guys Not Taking Dating Seriously? Nick’s response to this question? “If you believe in religion and the god nonsense you have bigger problems than that you jesus loving nutter.” Huh....

How Do I Talk To My Partner About Porn?

When it comes to important conversations to have with your partner, there are a few obvious topics to cover – money, family, religion and so on. But one topic you might not have considered (or may be avoiding) is pornography. It’s a topic that has almost certainly impacted your partner. One study of 15-29yr olds found that 100% of the...

Where is God’s Providence Right Now?

This pandemic has really messed up my plans. These first few months of married life were meant to be all fun date nights, weekend getaways, and gradually refilling of our savings account.

When Should You Say “I Love You”?

The first time I said “I love you” to a girl, I was fourteen years old and it was over text message. I didn’t have a clue what the words meant. “I love you” just seemed like a good way to communicate the hormonal storm of warm, fuzzy feelings that I was experiencing. I definitely wasn’t talking about the love...

11 Things To Do In Self-Isolation (That Beat Binge-Watching Netflix)

For most of my adult life, I’ve been cultivating a special kind of to-do list. On it are things like “learn a language”, “take an economics class” and “drive a motorbike across the country.” If I had to give this list a name, it would be "Things I Will Probably Never Do, But Derive Pleasure From Thinking I Someday Might."

One Month Into Marriage

I’m a married man! Just over one month ago, Renée and I stood together at the front of a tiny Catholic church in Tauranga, New Zealand. We vowed to be faithful to each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honour each other all the days of our lives.

5 Things No One Tells You About Being Engaged

147 days. That’s how long Renée and I are going to be engaged for. Less than 5 months, all up, but thank God it's not a day longer. It’s not that engagement is bad. For us, it’s been a time of sharing our lives in a deeper way and looking forward to our future together. But it’s no fairytale. Engagement...

Forget About Setting Goals This New Year

I like setting goals each New Year. I’m a Type A person and setting goals is what Type A people do. Anybody who has even skimmed through a self-help book will tell you that if you want achieve success, setting specific goals is the best way to get there. But James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, has me rethinking all of...

5 Lessons I’ve Learned As A Catholic Blogger

Writing a Catholic blog is the most accidentally educational thing I have ever done. It turns out there’s a lot more to blogging than just writing blog posts. You’ve got to learn about website design, search engine optimisation, copywriting and marketing. But there’s also deeper lessons to learn about motivation and authenticity.