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The Most Important Ingredient In A Successful Relationship

“We need to talk.” When you’re in a relationship, there are few four-word sentences you dread more. Yet, this was the sentence I heard coming through my phone one evening while I was talking to my girlfriend. A couple of days later, we met up for “the talk.” Was this the end? Had Renée finally had enough of my unbridled...

What To Do On Your First 5 Dates With Someone

Dating as a young adult can feel like walking a tight-rope. In the modern culture of ‘Netflix and Chill’, you want to be intentional about actually getting to know the person you’re dating. But in a church culture where people start freaking out about finding their soulmate from age 22 onwards, you also want to keep things low pressure. So,...

Two Mistakes To Avoid When You Start Dating

How do you greet someone on a first date? Do you keep things polite with a handshake? Presume a certain level of affection and go for a hug? Add a kiss on the cheek? Maybe avoid the issue altogether and just stick with an awkward smile?

The Most Important Conversation When You Start a Relationship

I always thought I would be an absolute pro at dating. I had read all the books on the subject. Everything by Jason Evert, everything by Joshua Harris, and everything by Dawn Eden. I felt totally prepared. That feeling lasted until exactly five and a half months ago ­– the moment I actually started dating someone.

Should Physical Attraction Matter?

If you had to pick one defining feature of Christian dating, what would it be? Coffee-dates after the Sunday service? Leaving room for the Holy Spirit? Pondering how great you’d both be at married ministry? If I was going to pick just one, it would have to be “The List.”

Young Catholic Men, Why I’m Not Dating You

Dear Young Catholic Men, I’ve never been on a date. That’s not to say I’ve never been in a romantic relationship; I’ve been in several. I’ve just never been on a classic get-to-know-you date, outside of an official relationship.

Young Catholic Men, Why Aren’t We Dating?

Young Catholic men, we have a problem. It’s a problem that is going to require all of our courage, confidence and creativity to solve. It’s a problem that affects many of our friends; it might even be affecting you. Finally, it’s a problem that’s frustrating many of the beautiful, wonderful, young Catholic women in our lives.

Love is Simple

Recently I found myself sitting on a couch, listening to a couple of friends discussing the idea of marriage. Neither friend took what could be called a “traditional” view of marriage and it was probably mere moments before I began raining my Catholic opinion down upon them like the ten plagues of Egypt.

We Deserve To Be HopeFUL Romantics

I’ve never understood the term “hopeless romantic.” I always thought it sounded like a bit of an oxymoron. Romance was exciting. It was intimate. It was creative and at times, it was deeply challenging. Romance was a lot of things. But it certainly wasn't hopeless.