From time to time, I find myself in the role of Agony Aunt, asked my opinion about matters romantic (believe it or not) by young people who are single, would like to be married, but every time they think they’ve found Mr or Miss Right, turns out their first name is Always. Or, in some other way, they are just not suited. There is a particular difficulty, too, in finding a sound Catholic spouse. More than once, I’ve found myself suggesting that while it’s all well and good leaving everything to Divine Providence, and it’s especially beneficial to pray to St Joseph, it doesn’t do any harm to help things along by – say, for argument’s sake – signing up to a Catholic dating site online. Like, for example, this one
Nothing is to be lost, and possibly, a husband/wife gained. I’ve known happily married couples who met in precisely this way. Thing is, I’m wondering if it’s wrong to suggest that route to young people – IS it morally acceptable for young Catholics to use such sites? Should I stick to my day job (which is washing the dishes, vacuuming and keeping this blog afloat) or should I make a permanent move to Marriage Counselling? 😀
Whenever I’ve suggested this possibility to young people, I’ve nearly always met with the shock-horror question: but, if I meet someone, how will I say we met? I know how I answer that – but what about you?
In summary, a serious subject, yes, but it also gives us the opportunity for some light relief before we close down for the last week of Advent, on Sunday next. So, your advice and thoughts welcome, but also some jokes and fun on the topic and related subjects, if you wish.