If you were born after 1980 chances are you were brought up watching Disney movies as a kid. The first movie I ever watched at the cinema was Disney's Beauty and the Beast, when I was four or five years old. Like most little girls, I absolutely adored them and fell in love with the … Continue reading Did Disney sell us a lie?
‘Are we actually dating?’
In our culture, there is often too much ambiguity surrounding romantic intentions, so much so that it can be unclear whether the other person sees you as 'just a friend' or something more.
Is a good man hard to find?
I mentioned some weeks ago that I'd recorded an episode for a new podcast the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney launched this month called This Catholic Life. The episode has just come out and I hope you'll find it as interesting to listen to as I did recording it. What I really enjoyed about this conversation … Continue reading Is a good man hard to find?
Kissing Christianity goodbye
A few days ago a reader alerted me to the news that popular evangelical Christian author Josh Harris of I kissed dating goodbye fame renounced his Christian faith following his recent divorce. Or more accurately, he announced that the renunciation of his Christian faith was intricately linked with his well-publicised divorce. The obvious question here … Continue reading Kissing Christianity goodbye
Ladies: be gracious in your refusal
Ladies, every now and then you will be asked out by someone you have absolutely no attraction to, or interest in. However, nothing warrants rudeness or unkindness in response.
Christian dating in a post-Christian world
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had recorded a podcast with Fishers of Men host Mary Ashley Burton. The episode has just been released! I had a chance to listen to it today and am pleased to report that I'm getting gradually less squeamish about hearing my voice on audio 🙂
Couples: please keep your displays of affection private
Bleughhh. Is there anything quite so revolting as sitting near a couple who start smooching on a train or a bus? I found myself in just such a situation this morning.
Helping your child find the right spouse
A little while ago, I received the following email from a reader: Maybe it's not a spot-on topic vis-a-vis your article, but I would like practical ideas as to what those of us who are parents of boys (I have 3) can do to ensure that they (1) are encouraged to marry orthodox Catholic women and (2) find orthodox Catholic women to marry!
What True Love looks like
Last week I went to the wedding of two very dear friends. This image of the couple on their happy day shows what True Love really looks like.
The reality of looking for Mr Right
In today's edition of The Catholic Weekly - the paper that published my now-viral article - there is a beautiful testimony from an unnamed woman as a sort of response to the concerns I raised. It also ties in nicely with my last post on making the most of your single years.
Making the most of your single years
While the tried and true guide to help Catholic women 'survive' the single years has been written by American author Emily Stimpson, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my own advice on getting the best out of your singlehood.
What does ‘kindness’ actually mean?
I recently noted that several men said 'kindness' was a desirable trait in a wife. But what does kindness actually mean?
How to navigate the single life (and how to talk to your single friends)
A friend of mine just put me onto this fantastic article by Maria Walley on the Grotto Network: What the world needs to understand about single people. Maria hits the nail on the head about a number of issues, including common myths surrounding dating and marriage, how married couples should (and shouldn't) speak to singles … Continue reading How to navigate the single life (and how to talk to your single friends)
How father absence is affecting our marriage prospects
A reader just put me onto this very enjoyable rant by Suzanne Venker in the Washington Examiner. I understand last Sunday was Father's Day in the USA (in Australia it falls in September); this op-ed addresses the issue of fatherlessness and father absence in America, hitting on some very poignant universal truths, in my opinion: … Continue reading How father absence is affecting our marriage prospects
Women: marriage and motherhood are not the pinnacle of your lives
Today I recorded an interview with Mary Ashley Burton of the Fishers of Men Podcast. The podcast explores Christian dating, relationships and singlehood in a post-Christian context. She called me from LA - 8pm Thursday her time, 1pm Friday my time - and we chatted through my lunch break. I really enjoyed the conversation, as … Continue reading Women: marriage and motherhood are not the pinnacle of your lives