Catholic courtship vs dating

If, during the courtship, one or both parties realize that marriage is not God’s will and they end the relationship, the courtship has not failed.On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.But actually, the concept of courtship is experiencing a revival, with good reasons.Reframing dating in terms of courtship can help parents set healthy boundaries on teen dating.

Under the protection, guidance, and blessing of parents or mentors, the couple concentrates on developing a deep friendship that could lead to marriage, as they discern their readiness for marriage and God’s timing for their marriage.

The term courtship may sound as old-fashioned as bustles and buggy-driving.

It may call to mind a famous song about a certain Froggy and what he went a-doin’.

A guy and a gal go off to do something alone, all by themselves.

Their date is usually something focused on some sort of consumer pleasure — dinner, a movie or show, or attending a party together.

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