Dating while discerning priesthood
3) You should examine your heart and emotions closely. Is it just to have companionship, is it to fulfill a desire, etc.? You should also talk them over with a spiritual director who can provide a more objective viewpoint for you. If not, then this is where the discernment process should start and end. 5) If you do decide to date, there are certain guidelines that I think can help.First of all, you should make sure that you are guarding your heart, mind and body for the proper intimacy that the relationship ought to have.More generally with dating, I understand that it has a place as far as discovering a spouse but I am not sure how you would go about it in a truly faithful manner.Could you provide some guidance on these questions? It is a big one, so it may take me a while to adequately answer it. Dating is a big issue with many Christians, because of the culture and expectations that go along with it.For instance, a dating relationship should never go into too much intimacy emotionally or mentally.Your girlfriend need not know everything about you. You need to make sure there are appropriate levels taken as the relationship progresses, all the while making sure you have clear boundaries to protect both of you.So, I will try and help you out by approaching it from several different angles. What we call dating and how we date currently in our society is a very new and novel way of going about forming a relationship.There are both good and bad elements that go into it.
[[Dear Sister, I am discerning a religious vocation and thinking about entering in a couple of years. I was told I should not date him though because I am in the process of discernment.
Every relationship should be an avenue to holiness.
So, you should continually ask if the two of you are helping or hurting the other person’s relationship with God and if the relationship is glorifying to him.
But at this point you need to discern where God is (or rather, might well be) calling you more generally and that may be marriage just as well as it might religious life.
It may be you are called to the life of a consecrated virgin, for instance.