26 March 2020

8 Things People Told Me About Catholic Dating - That Turned out to be Wrong

Let's acknowledge the awkward, giant elephant sitting in the living room of our hearts: Dating as a Catholic Woman in 2020 is a weird place to be.

I am 34 years old and unmarried. As I have navigated the dating scene (and learned from many mistakes), I have heard plenty of unhealthy and weird things; and just plain bad advice.

I suspect some of you can relate to this.

Maybe it was a rigorous "purity culture" that lacked pastoral compassion. Perhaps it was unhealthy attitudes from books like I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Or maybe it was an excessive focus on things like virginity, modesty, or how a Christian woman "should act."

I think for many Christian women today, that list would go on and on.

Over the years, as I have learned to date in a more healthy, self-aware manner, I have thrown away much of what I used to believe about Catholic dating - and there was a lot of garbage to toss out.

Based on a conversation in the FemCatholic Forum and my own experience, here are eight things we were told about Catholic dating that turned out to be wrong.

Head over to FemCatholic to read more ...

Would you say some of these were true to your own experience?

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12 March 2020

Erin Go Bragh (Ireland Forever!) + Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

Many Americans hail heritage from the Emerald Isle, myself included. Some of my great grandparents (and great great grandparents) on both sides of my family emigrated from Ireland.

Growing up, my family had special traditions to keep us connected to the roots of our family history. We cooked certain foods or special family recipes and listened to stories about my great grand parents.

A picture of an Irish cathedral, because why not?! 

As an Irish American, I am struck by the importance of celebrating the feast of Saint Patrick

If he never went back to evangelize the pagan culture in Ireland, Catholicism may not have taken root and spread. Maybe it's a stretch, but I like to think my Irish relatives were Catholic because of Saint Patrick.
And, in a way, so am I.

Regardless of whether you claim Irish heritage or not, the life and legacy of Saint Patrick (like many of the Saints in the Church) have impacted the world we live in to this day.

I am over at the Blessed is She blog today sharing some fun, unique ways to celebrate the wearing of green this March 17th.

Head over HERE for some food, prayer, and music ideas.

Saint Patrick, pray for us!

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