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By Rebecca Teti

Thursday: Marriage

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

Struggling in your marriage? Have some relationship advice to share? Have a marriage success story to share? Have a man/woman question? This weekly thread is the place to do it.

Come on in and join the conversation!

Rebecca Teti


  • I am new to this blog and stumbled upon in need of reaching out. I am Catholic, and struggling with the process of dating before marriage. I am in a serious relationship with a man and we are very happy. our goal is marriage and he is on board with my Catholic belief of being abstinent before marriage. I struggle with having some sort of support in my life where someone would be able to help me and guide me through this process. My boyfriend is not catholic but is interested in becoming. We do live together and I know that is not right in the eyes of the Catholic church. I have tried talking to my friends about this and they do support me but do not understand. Is there someone out there willing to share their story or give me some guidance? We are both reading books to help us but I need some help. God Bless

    Posted on Mar 30th, 2014 at 9:38 AM by Renee

  • Hi Renee, I discovered your comment by accident. Unfortunately, this forum isn't very active anymore. A couple of things come to mind. First of all, it isn't living together itself that is a sin; the sin lies in sexual activity before marriage. You say that you and your boyfriend are on board with abstinence before marriage, so I assume that you have found a way to remain abstinent despite the fact that you live together? Living together might make it easier to fall into temptation in this area, so you might want to discuss this with a priest. Also, if your boyfriend is interested in becoming Catholic, you might want to look into RCIA (right of Christian Initiation for Adults) programs in your area. Almost every parish has one. He could attend the program to learn more about the Catholic Church before making his final decision about whether to convert. If you would like to discuss this further, one of the readers here has started a new blog called Faith, Family and Fun. It's on Blogger. She posts a different topic each day for people to comment on, and sometimes she chooses a topic related to marriage. Most of the people who comment there are already married with kids, but I'm sure you would be more than welcome, and I'm sure no one would mind if you posed your question and explained your situation even when it's not related to the topic of the day. Hope that helps.

    Posted on Apr 2nd, 2014 at 5:30 PM by Claire S

  • I really appreciate your response. It was very helpful. We met with our Priest and he is now setting us up with a mentor!

    Posted on Apr 5th, 2014 at 3:40 PM by Hi Responder

  • That's awesome news Renee! I am so happy for you. I will keep you and your boyfriend in my prayers.

    Posted on Apr 5th, 2014 at 5:13 PM by Claire S

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