Catholic & Single
February 01, 2012
Anxiety about being single
By Anthony Buono

Anyone who is not yet married gave a little cringe when hearing the words of St. Paul in the second reading of the Mass this past Sunday, taken from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 7:32-35.

Basically, the advice of St. Paul is to remain unmarried because to marry is a distraction to focusing on the things of the Lord. He is quick to say that this is just his opinion and said not to put restraint on you, but rather it’s for your own benefit.

Of course, anything that distracts us away from God is...

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January 25, 2012
Love is not enough: Charity matters
By Anthony Buono

So just how selfish of a person are you? Answer: Very. Don’t worry, it’s not just you. We all are.

Without a realization and admission of selfishness in your life, you lack the true charity required to successfully live out marital love. Therefore, your dating efforts are extremely risky.

I say “true charity” because there is an excessive, and an all too often undetected, amount of false charity. Many believe this is a well developed virtue of charity, when it is actually...

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January 18, 2012
True modesty
By Anthony Buono

Dear Anthony,

I am dating a woman I met on Ave Maria Singles that I am very attracted to. The problem is, I think I am lusting after her. I don’t want to but I can’t help it. She dresses in a way that I should probably have a problem with. I like it and hate it at the same time. Why is that? And what should I do about it? I am worried that I might not find her as attractive if she dressed differently.

I am very happy to see you struggle with this. That shows that you have a desire for...

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January 11, 2012
New Year's resolutions for singles
By Anthony Buono

Another year, another long list of New Year’s resolutions waiting to be broken or fizzle out. I am not much of a New Year’s resolution person, but many are. God bless them! The spirit of wanting to make a change for the better is alive and well, especially in January. Most people fail at keeping their New Year’s resolution. Perhaps it’s because they pledge the improbable (like never eating another cookie) or they aim too, high too fast and then get discouraged (like quitting smoking...

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January 04, 2012
Imitation of the Holy Family
By Anthony Buono

This is the time of year when Christians are most focused on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Reflection on the Holy Family is more than just the Nativity scene. Naturally, Christmas focuses on the birth of the Savior, and Mary and Joseph play key roles in this most important event. The Child born in Bethlehem in a stable is, no doubt, what Christmas is all about.

But there is a reason the Church incorporates a feast day of the Holy Family within the days of Christmas. There is...

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December 07, 2011
Are you dating a Pharisee?
By Anthony Buono

Do you feel that you are dating someone who strikes you as having an overly high moral, education or even cultural standard?  Do you feel like your every action is being observed?  Is the person overly critical of you?  Are they quick to find fault in you but not in themselves?  Do they make you feel like your level of religious practice or approach to life is not on par with theirs?  Do you get the impression your past sins are interpreted as who you really are now? 

If you answered yes...

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November 16, 2011
When siblings disagree with your choice of a spouse
By Anthony Buono

Dear Anthony,

I just got engaged to a great guy. I love him a lot, but my sisters both think I am making a mistake. It bothers me a lot that they don’t approve of him and I am afraid this is going to cause problems both now as well as after we are married. Do you have any advice about this?

Getting married is a very personal thing. It is something you both decide on for yourself no matter what anyone thinks. However, it is also very public thing. No marriage is a private matter because it...

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October 26, 2011
Your relationship deserves a good home (Part II)
By Anthony Buono

Home is the place where we feel safe, where we can shut out the world, enjoy the people we love and who love us, be accepted for who we are, and always go if something is wrong.

Home is the place where we grow into the person we are called to be. Those whose home do not offer them these things will have all kinds of personal problems that disrupt their ability to develop.

Because it is a fundamental reality in every person to desire God, Who created us for Himself, and to be with Him, all...

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October 19, 2011
Your relationship deserves a good home.
By Anthony Buono

“With the Lord, there is mercy and fullness of redemption.” This responsorial psalm is derived from Psalm 130, which has the trembling words “If Thou, O Lord, should mark iniquities, who could stand?” In other words, if You keep a record of sins, who could ever make it to heaven?

How true. We are committed to not sinning, yet we sin. God is first merciful because we all sin, despite our desire and efforts not to. We don’t deserve His mercy, but He grants it freely and always. We...

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October 12, 2011
Are you dating prayerfully?
By Anthony Buono

Many unmarried persons are seriously interested in finding love and getting married, and are serious about their religious beliefs and sharing that faith with someone in marriage.

However, many of these persons are without the close friendship of God to accompany that which they profess to take seriously.

What do I mean? Isn't a person serious about their faith close to God? Well, yes and no. Those of us who love God know very well that we don't love Him as much as we should, nor do we include...

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