Catholic & Single
July 06, 2011
Finding a good man (from God's point of view)
By Anthony Buono

Some time ago I wrote about a good wife from God’s point of view. Since then, many have written to me requesting that I write about a good husband from God’s point of view. I put it off because unlike the Scripture passages that specifically say “A good wife....,” there are no passages that specifically say “A good husband...”

Interesting. Does this mean that God is not as concerned about what a good husband should be, only what a good wife should be?

This week, a man wrote to me...

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June 29, 2011
Is it okay to date multiple people?
By Anthony Buono

Dear Anthony,

There are three women I have developed an interest in on an online dating service. I know I should form friendships first, but I’m starting to feel guilty about communicating with multiple people. How can I sensitively slow down communication with two of them while I am concentrating on the one I have the most in common with?

You are bringing up two specific issues. First, there is the issue of whether or not it is okay to communicate online with three people. Second,...

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June 22, 2011
Calling after the first date
By Anthony Buono

Dear Anthony,

I was on a first date with a man recently that went very well for both of us and ended with my clearly believing we would see each other again. After four days, I called him to find out when we would be going out again.

You really called to get closure. That’s understandable. Women need closure in order to move on. But his not calling you in a reasonable amount of days post first date was all the closure you needed, if you felt four days was too long to hear from him....

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June 15, 2011
Is unconditional love realistic for marriage?
By Anthony Buono

It is a popular notion that the love between a man and a woman should be unconditional; without any condition of love in return by the other. This is a very romantic notion. Who wouldn’t want to be loved unconditionally in marriage?

Though we are called by Jesus to love all human beings, I think this unpractical expectation about love between a man and woman sends the wrong message. Do we really want to be in this kind of marriage? Do we really find it appealing that we should love the...

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June 08, 2011
Confirmed Bachelor: Why good men stay single
By Anthony Buono

Sorry, guys. This article is specifically to discuss the things men do wrong when it comes to getting to the bottom line; marriage and family life. I earnestly want to see confirmed bachelor syndrome die. I see too many men subscribing to the deception. Permit me to give you my top 5 symptoms of confirmed bachelor syndrome.

#1 - Lost with no direction.

Why is there so much over-thinking about if God wants you to be married? Historically, the majority of people born into this world marry and...

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June 01, 2011
Can you handle the unexpected?
By Anthony Buono

The ease of a relationship is usually what makes two people dating believe they have found “the one.”

I often tell people that you need to take a long road trip so you get to see all sides of this so-called perfect person. Lots of true colors can come up on a long road trip. It’s good to see these colors, in order to see how you cope with the unexpected.

Circumstances and disappointments are the cornerstone of any relationship. If you want to be in a great relationship of love and...

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May 25, 2011
Taking a break from a relationship
By Anthony Buono

Dear Anthony,

I just got engaged and recently I’m thinking I need to take a break from our relationship because I am struggling with him and need to determine God’s will. I really want to make sure I am doing what God wants of me.

I assume your struggle is whether or not to proceed with the marriage? Taking a break is for those who are dating, not engaged. Engagement is a different story. The concept of taking a break cannot be considered a normal thing during an engagement period....

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May 18, 2011
A real person can truly love
By Anthony Buono

"Real isn't how you are made. It's a thing that happens to you. You become."

"The Velveteen Rabbit" is a children's classic. In the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, the bunny desires to be "real" to the little boy. The bunny desires to be real because this means that he is truly loved and cherished.

This story holds a powerful message for those who are seeking their future spouse. What does this mean, being a real person?

To be a real, you have to know who you are. You need to be loved for who...

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May 11, 2011
Dating with a double standard
By Anthony Buono

In Psalm 81, God is anxious for us to allow Him to take care of us. If only we would keep faith and trust in Him! He reminds us of all He has done and what He is capable of. “Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” That is His promise to us.

Sadly, we are inclined to give up too easily on God and trust in our own ability to control our situations. We lose sight of God and allow fear to cloud our reason.

Many single Catholics struggle, almost daily, between knowing they should trust in...

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May 04, 2011
Not waiting around to be pursued
By Anthony Buono

Don’t you get tired of there being so many rules about dating? It can be exhausting thinking so much about something that should be natural and spontaneous.

The fact is much of the process of dating is common sense. Unfortunately, people seem to have lost their common sense. What should come naturally has become a lot of work, full of second guessing and fears of failure.

Take the concept of pursuing. All the self-help books say that the man is the pursuer. This, they say, is because men are...

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