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, everything by Dawn Eden – and I felt totally prepared. That feeling lasted until exactly five and a half months ago – the moment I actually … Continue reading The Most Important Conversation When You Start a Relationship
If you had to pick one defining feature of Christian dating, what would it be? Coffee-dates after the Sunday service? Sending each other your favourite worship songs? 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 … Continue reading Stop Pretending Physical Attraction Doesn’t Matter
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. At the release of Part-time Prophet’s article Young Catholic Men, Why Aren’t We Dating? I couldn’t … Continue reading Young Catholic Men, Why I’m Not Dating You
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 … Continue reading Young Catholic Men, Why Aren’t We Dating?
“I’m sorry.” Seems relatively straightforward, right? Those two little words certainly don’t seem to warrant a 2000+ word, 3 part, explanatory guide. But the reality is that “I’m sorry”, by itself, usually isn’t enough. As one of my flatmates recently observed, anyone can make a half-hearted apology, but making a genuine effort to repair the … Continue reading 6 Steps to Saying Sorry
More than anything else, I would argue that the vast majority of day-to-day conflict is caused by misunderstanding. Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, writes that people tend to approach things autobiographically – meaning that our approach to conflict is shaped by our own experience, our own motives, our … Continue reading Seek First to Understand
What follows is a series about what has probably been the hardest life lesson I’ve ever had to learn. When I finished high school, rather than jumping straight into a uni degree that I was approximately 17% sure I wanted to make a career out of, I decided I would take a gap year instead. … Continue reading How NOT to Say Sorry