No, you are not worth it

Relationships between men and women can be so frustrating, but I’ve come to the conclusion again (but in a deeper way) that really, only God is worth it. I remind myself that only when we love God first and foremost can we truly love another in the way that they deserve:

Only God is worth my desires, my heart
Only he is worth my attention, my time
No woman is worth my heart

I’m tired of being the white knight in shining armor
I’m tired of saving damsels in distress
I have very strong armor and a sharp sword
Yet I want to be seen for who I am under the armor
I don’t want to be used for what I can give
I want to be seen, appreciated for who I am

No, under the armor I’m not perfect
I have many scars
But God sees me for who I am
He understands me, appreciates me for who I am
No I’m not worth it either, but God makes me worthy
I don’t need to be seen, but I want be
I’m tired of the fakeness, yet I have all that is real and true
No, you are not worth it, but for me, if it is meant to be, he will make you worthy

Why you are not worth it

In this world today women feel over entitled. Feminism has destroyed relationships between men and women. Some evidence of this is the MGTOW movement; for the record I don’t entirely agree with the whole movement but have a listen to RIP Traditional Relationships – A Rude awakening. If we are merely looking on a worldly secular level, it makes no sense at all to get married. Why the hell would I want to get married if it is about mutual use instead free, self-giving love?

I talk to both men and women: they say they would want to believe in a love that is real, unselfish, self-giving, loyal, faithful, total, free, in other words a divine, Godly love, but they believe it is a fantasy. I believe, in part, they think it is a fantasy because they don’t experience this kind of love -a pure love- in their daily life: none in their “family”, none in their “community”, and not even among “friends” and sometimes not even in church! It seems an indictment on how far away people and society are from God, not having that kind of self-giving, loving relationship with God, thus they don’t have it in their personal daily relationships. Mere words are not going to convince people that this kind of love exists, it seems only by personal experience and testimony that people may be convinced.

No, marriage isn’t about “what’s in it for me?” or let’s have a contract: “i do this, you do that”. Marriage isn’t about just passing on your genes nor savage “survival of the fittest”. It’s not about “disney damsels, ponies and butterflies”. It can be about mutual emotional consolation, but it can’t be the only purpose. We in this society can be so selfish. It’s not about F-ing around but giving a good F, actually caring for the world, the future generation – imagine: for love of God and for someone outside ourselves.

Why marriage and relationships are worth it

I believe in marriage for many reasons, one reason is children benefit most from marriage. Without men to be fathers and women to be mothers, children become abandoned, who feel like orphans and in some real sense are actual orphans who do not know God, thus do not have a deep, unselfish relationship with him, thus recreating the dysfunctional cycle of fake-love in all their personal relationships.

I refuse to give up: I will fight for the homeless, orphaned, and abandoned because they are worth it. Building a society based on an authentic, life-giving love it worth it because it is what God wants: to love us as we are yet push us to grow, not for his benefit, but for our own benefit. Sure, loving on this higher level of Godly love is not always easy, but who wants a cheap “love” – real men are created for real love, which can be hard, but definitely worth it. Our bodies of man and woman, with our sexual organs, show we are made to be a mutual gift – we are not God, we cannot give what we don’t have – we have to be open to receiving the love of God, to give as he does.


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What Keeps Us From Having Deeper Friendships

A relevant article on pseudo-friendship (pun intended) I am archiving here in case the original website disappears:

What Keeps Us From Having Deeper Friendships

3 things sabotaging our need for genuine connection.


In an era where many of us have a million social media “friends,” but no one to hang out with on Friday night, deep friendships have become increasingly rare.

Our generation is kind of screwed up about friendship. I’m screwed up about friendship. We often have a hard time cultivating real, face to face friendships.

Why do we all feel this way? Here are three enemies that keep us from having deeper friendships:

Forming Ideal Lives on Our Social Media Feeds

We’ve accumulated an entire database of friends, retaining names and facts but omitting relationships and memories. “Hey, remember that one time we chatted on Facebook and shared the Google Image of that beach we both want to go to?” Yeah, neither do I.

The Internet has afforded each of us to live dazzling lives that aren’t ours. It leaves out the run-of-the-mill so we look like some sexy, adventure-seeking, friend-getting machines.

The Internet has afforded each of us to live dazzling lives that aren’t ours. One scroll through my Instagram will show you California, Oklahoma and Colorado—outdoors, mountains, weddings and playgrounds.

However, it won’t show you Netflix, lonely Friday nights, textbooks or that one night I spent sick in the bathroom three weeks ago. It leaves out the run-of-the-mill so we look like some sexy, adventure-seeking, friend-getting machines. We know the real story behind our own social media accounts, but somehow, we think everyone else’s life is more exciting than ours.

We are all mad scientists creating Frankenstein when it comes to social media modeling: the life we create turns its head, opens its eyes and becomes a monster. We start feeling down if we can’t find something worth posting on a daily basis.

On top of all of that, am I trying to be a cool, culturally aware Christian on social media just because I want more followers? After all, there’s nothing like being affirmed by a few hundred Twitter followers that I’m a good Christian. I tweet because I’m self-conscious.

Trying to Be Best Friends With Everyone

I grew up thinking that because I was a Christian, everyone had to be my best friend. I had to like everyone, and everyone had to like me and know my life story and be my accountability partner.

By the time I made it to college, I couldn’t do it anymore. My inner circle was as wide as the Pacific, and I didn’t have the relational energy to build a bridge across it.

I’ve since realized that Christians misrepresent friendship when they claim everyone is their friend. Jesus was not friends with everyone. Christ had His three, his 12, and His 5,000. He did not suffocate with FOMOOF (Fear Of Missing Out On Friendships). There were probably some great men and women in the crowd of 5,000 who sat eating the fish and loaves, but Jesus was purposeful about being with the 12.

Today there’s an extreme pressure to get to know everyone. We feel like we aren’t being fair to others if we grow deeper with one person and not another. We feel the need to spread ourselves out among 5,000 rather than with three.

I can only be friends with so many people, and I waste my time trying to be everything for everyone and end up being nothing for anyone, sitting alone watching Friends re-runs on a Friday night.

In order to understand how to have real friends, we must learn how to start small and remain intimate.

Using Technology as a Crutch

I can only be friends with so many people, and I waste my time trying to be everything for everyone and end up being nothing for anyone.

Before the invention of the air conditioner, families would spend hot summer nights sitting out on their porches and talking with the neighbors. Before the Internet, there was a sharing of communication through printed books and interviews (R.I.P. Borders). Before cell phones, there were landlines that only talked and didn’t text. Before GPS, there were maps and gas stations. And before Netflix, there was Blockbuster (R.I.P. again).

The modern world is becoming more and more efficient with work and less and less meaningful with human interactions.

No friendship is based on efficiency. Friendship is spending time with someone, intentionally setting aside time to look someone in the eye, to hear their voice and to watch their eyebrows furrow or cheeks get red.

It is not an efficient exercise; in fact, friendship necessitates inefficiency. It is days spent gazing at ocean waves rather than writing job applications, evenings spent drinking coffee with a friend rather than an essay, school nights spent watching sports or movies or playing games rather than studying or reading or sleeping. Jobs are practical. Getting good grades is practical. Networking is practical. Friendship is not.

If God were practical, I think He should have given up on me a long time ago. But He calls me His friend. And friendship is not easy, simple or practical.

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Trust and connecting with people

I’m learning that it seems nobody will listen nor read what I would have to say if they don’t first trust me. Seems like an obvious statement but it seems at least for me I need the reminder.

It seems people in general are too self-absorbed, too busy and distracted to take the time to actually think about what one might assert and actually try to see where one might be coming from. Or they simply just do not understand me.

Not that I want anybody to listen to me for my sake, it’s just I want to give something I feel is very valuable and enriching to give.

What can foster an environment of trust?  Some ideas:

  • Actions not words:
    • actions seems like its own language that implicitly reveals one’s intent; if it is authentically good, people may feel that its safer to trust
    • don’t be an ass
  • Reflective Listening:
    • implicitly by listening one shows:
      • respect
      • sincere interest
      • care
    • this may may make it easier to trust
  • Nothing that could be interpreted as threatening
    • being sensitive to context and individual history
  • Possess an inner peace with God
    • Forgive and be forgiven that nothing would trigger an emotionally charged response that could be interpreted as threatening
    • Lighten up the environment
    • Remember if they don’t trust it’s not your fault, with God love help where you can
  • Find points in which you can relate with the other person(s)
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On Relationships (Revision 17)

It’s hard for me to imagine I could write authoritatively on the subject of relationships, as there is a lot for me to learn, though I’ll start compiling a list of notes and develop it as my own from there. The initial skeleton of notes came from Jackie Francois years ago at one of her talks, yet the majority of the content here now is from my own experiences and from my own learning.


Discerning God’s will is not a dichotomy of choosing either marriage or religious life. Dying to me means choosing to surrender to God not once but repeatedly, every day. Discerning to me means dying and sacrificing in Love, carrying our cross, awaiting with the Holy Spirit to see if it produces any fruit – not just in choosing our vocation, but in every decision in our life. Sometimes this means just being content right now that we are growing in love and not needing to pursue anything but the love and honor of God, giving unreservedly all.

How does discerning God’s will relate to relationships? Each relationship e.g. friendship does not have to be some soul-wrenching experience, simply enjoying the presence of another and having fun is sufficient for friendship. I’m referring to relationships in the context of prospective marriage. Obviously (or not), one has to know oneself and have done at least some serious discernment to know their vocation to enter into a commitment, a relationship with another. Human beings [on a certain level] are mysteries, there isn’t an exact science to relationships (and this is a good thing that people are mysteries, that our relationships can grow on an infinite scale). At the same time there are certain immutable truths to help us navigate the amazingly complex world of relationships between men and women. It seems absurd to believe that the creation of the universe to be without purpose and when we look at this in the context of marriage we see that when we understand the purpose of marriage, many complexities in relationships are dispelled.

God created marriage. The Goal is Heaven. Each other should bring each other to heaven:

  • St Thomas (I’m paraphrasing) says to love is to want the best good for the beloved. Upon some meditation we realize that the best good is God (love is in the will)
  • Each person should be leading each other to God:
    • Marriage is not the ultimate satisfaction of your deepest desires
    • In a marriage, one should not be a pseudo parent to the spouse otherwise there would not be a real husband-wife relationship
    • Your sole source of happiness cannot be in marriage, in this sense you can not find happiness in marriage, if the marriage is working, you can only be happier (you have to take responsibility of your own happiness)
  • God created sex; it is good! Sex is holy!
    • Sex should be celebrating intimacy (in-to-me-see, seeing, truly knowing the soul of the beloved) and its purpose is to bring the miracle of children into the world, to raise them up to be healthy, independent, adults, baptized in Love i.e. in God to be who God created them to be, gifts to the world
    • Sex in marriage is supposed to be an image of heaven, a foretaste of heaven
    • Sex is the renewal of the marriage vows, and marriage should be an example of God’s love in the world:
      • a free love (one made by deliberate choice e.g. not forced nor through co-dependency)
      • a total love (not promiscuous, uncommitted relationships, exclusive)
      • a faithful love (loyal, constant, and with faith, supernatural love)
      • a fruitful love (one that through intensity, births life)
    • Chastity does not take away from sex (it is not abstinence), it is the power to love:
      • As part of being a free love, one has command over his passions, such that he can give love as a gift (as a free person not enslaved; true freedom is choosing what is right, not being enslaved to sin)
      • Having command over the passions, one can truly give a free, total, faithful, fruitful love
      • Chastity is about purifying love that one may be truly intimate:
        • it is not co-dependency i.e. using each other to satisfy a deep void e.g. contraception
        • when both individuals are independent i.e. have a self identity, they can have a real “in-to-me-see”

Marriage is a gift from God. It seems to me we have to admit that there is much outside of our realm of control and we have to trust this to God. In some sense it isn’t something that is earned. In the heartache of relationships or the lack thereof, it seems an invitation for us to make progress to grow into a deeper relationship with God. And that is where our affections is supposed to be first anyway. Even in a marriage your spouse isn’t going to fulfill your deepest desire – only God can do that. So instead of focusing on things you cannot control i.e. waste energy in being anxious, focus on being present to God, attending to him. Secondarily (or concurrently) we can focus on becoming a healthy person, who can then be a good spouse either to God or another person, or to be a good parent to oneself, such that one may be a good parent to others.

Marriage is a sacrament. Both man and woman consecrate the love to Christ to invite him to be the center of the relationship and give them supernatural grace to grow and experience divine love and be able to model this love to their children and thus society.

[I’m beginning to realize this page needs a lot of reformatting and editing; perhaps breaking the page into more digestible portions]

Need to elaborate on:

  • the right of children to have a mother and father
  • the effects of divorce – a death experience
  • non-religious reasons against same-sex marriage


  • Each relationship is unique; it is not a science (it does not mean there aren’t universal truths to guide us)
  • Some stuff I’ve come across that seems to make some sense though I don’t know its epistemological origin:
    • “If a man cannot see a woman’s worth then he is not for her” (how can he see her worth if he doesn’t respect her?)
    • “If she’s not interested, she’s probably not worth pursuing, but if she doesn’t know you, she can’t be interested”
    • “If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy” (yet I think it’s important to not put the woman on a pedestal to the point she implicitly thinks she can trample on the man or use him for more than she ought, is not the man supposed to lead or at least the relationship be on the same level?)
    • A woman’s heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her (women should set the standard for men yet unfortunately in this “modern” world, other women [often through no fault of their own i.e. ignorance] lower the standard among women and make it harder for decent women to set the standard)
  • Optimism and trust are the soul of intimacy
    • We must risk being vulnerable if we want to be intimate.  However since we can never gather enough data to trust anyone absolutely, we must take the risk of trusting them at some point.  We also need optimism in our lives; with it we see all reality as ultimately having positive value



  • Let God set up the relationship
  • Learn, get feedback from confidants/mentors e.g.:
    • Let ladies earn your love
      • You want a lady that’s actually interested in you, if she’s not that’s actually interested in you, she’s not worth it
      • You are your own man with strong conviction; you will not compromise nor be controlled by her; you can love her because you love yourself
        • Have detachment
        • Don’t be trying to earn people’s love
  • Dating, start with friendship, your goal is to get them to heaven
  • Friendship is not always necessary but there needs to be good potential.
  • Dating is getting to know somebody
  • Ask women on a date
    • Girls, give guys a chance
  • Give girl time to think
  • It girls say no, respect it
  • If you cant remain friends after an interest in a girl that said no then it’s use i.e. you’re not being authentic
  • Don’t lead other people on
    • Don’t have “non-date” dates
    • Be clear to say if it’s a date or not
  • Have detachment in dating
    • You can have dates with a few people since you are not being physical.
    • When you think it could really work make it exclusive
  • You will have peace and joy when you have found your vocation. Anxiety otherwise.
  • Affection is good but arousing another is a sin.
  • Both people have to be on the same page.  Don’t have only one person be the chastity cop.
  • Questions before getting Serious? (link)
  • Ideas/sample questions to ask


  • “I had a great time, maybe we can have lunch another time.”
  • “You know, i had a great time, but i wont be asking you out on any more dates.”
  • “Thank you for being honest”
  • My own personal examples:
    • I’ve always been honest with you and I really enjoy our friendship
    • I want the best for you
    • Unless God wills or unless you stop me, I will never abandon you
    • I really enjoy our friendship, but I don’t know if it is just me, but I feel that there is kind of an akwardness; I don’t want anything to get in the way of our friendship
    • I have to be honest and say I am attracted to you and your beauty.. yet I will be glad to have our friendship to be totally platonic
    • Again, I want the best for you and I know we are both healing; I want to give the space you need to heal
    • I feel like I can read your soul sometimes and I think I know how you feel.  I’m here for you if you want us to heal together


  • Don’t just wait around; prepare
  • Don’t be so picky that you don’t end up with anybody
  • Don’t be self-seeking
  • It’s more about them
  • “how am I going to affirm them?”
  • “how do I make the other person happy?”
  • Don’t sin
  • Don’t lose heart


  • Have faith in God and trust He cares
  • Do follow God’s laws; God will bless you through obedience
  • Do talk about your relationships with God
  • Be totally honest with yourself
  • Do communicate with the other person the whole time
  • Get your life in order, you can’t give what you don’t have. No one is perfect, at the same time, would you date you if you knew yourself?


  • Like
  • Friendship
  • Love proclaimed
  • Proven love
  • Commitment




  • 5 Questions to ask before you say ‘I do’:
    • 1. Are You and Your Fiancé Willing to Work at Premarital Education?

    • 2. Are You and Your Fiancé Willing to Hear From Your Relational Community?

    • 3. Are You Willing to Look Honestly at the “Red Flags”?

    • 4. Are You Willing to be Ruthlessly Honest About Your Own Brokenness?

    • 5. Are You Ready for Unconditional Commitment?

  • How to make the most of a bad breakup?:
    • 1. Reinvent Yourself

    • 2. Deal With Your Junk

    • 3. Forge a New Path

    • 4. Outgrow Loneliness

  • 6 ways to avoid Toxic Relationships (link):
    • Recognize the Rebound
    • Avoid Controlling and Possessive People
    • Don’t Tolerate a Flake
    • Abolish the Myth That Physical Chemistry is Everything
    • Unmatched Values and Priorities are a Recipe for a Broken Heart
  • How to Know You’re Ready for Marriage (link) – This is from Dr Laura, I’m not entirely endorsing her though a lot of stuff she says makes sense; she has a lot of real world experience and I think it is more important than some [fluffy i.e. “academic”] degrees
    • You share similar goals.
    • If you and your guy have different priorities, you’re going to end up being disappointed. For example, a woman called my show the other day complaining that her husband had moved their family 13 times in as many years to satisfy his appetite for wanderlust (which is a HORRIBLE thing for kids).  Before you consider marriage, ask yourself and your partner about where you want to live, if you want to have kids, and religious views.  Find out what the deal breakers are.
    • You don’t want to change him.
    • Similar to buying a dress from the store, when you get married, you take your man “as-is”.  Sure, you might be able to tweak him a little bit, but you can’t fundamentally change him.  If you don’t accept that, you’re going to end up frustrated and bitchy.  You don’t have to adore everything about him, but you do have to make peace with the fact that on Sunday afternoons it’s him and ESPN, and you’re not going to change that. (I don’t agree on the ESPN part though)
    • You connect on more than just a physical level.
    • A very small percentage of marriage is spent in passionate lovemaking.  You need to know that you can have fun together and enjoy each other when your clothes are ON.
    • You can see past your wedding day.
    • Many women are bridezillas: They are so focused on their wedding and being the center of the universe in their stunning white gown that they lose sight of their fiancé and the whole concept of marriage.
    • You can talk to each other.
    • You know you’re ready to get married when you can talk things out rationally (without yelling or screaming) and not let issues get pushed under the rug without being resolved.
    • Everyone you know says your guy is fab.
    • It’s fine if a few family members or friends aren’t huge fans (you can’t please everybody), but if everyone you know hates this guy, they might be on to something.  Your family and friends know you, and they can look at the situation objectivity. If they’re reasonably nice people, pay attention to them, otherwise your marriage is going to be a constant acid drip.
  • How to go on an actual date (link)
    • 7 Ground Rules for a proper date:
      • Is inspired: Art is original, not copied nor recycled. Going through the motions is cheap and disrespectful.
      • Is asked by name: Be open to getting to know someone as friends outside of a proper date, but reject the “sneak-a-date,” which is the lowest form of pursuit.
      • Is asked in person: If you are not ready to ask in person, then you aren’t ready for anything that follows anyway.
      • Is asked well in advance: You have no obligation to respond to last minute hang out requests and lazy nondescript invitations. See #2.
      • Is asked one at a time: No good can come from trying to cultivate romantic feelings for more than one person at a time.
      • Is a three part date: This means “coffee” is not a proper date and never was. Sorry. If there is no plan the date is void. See #2.
      • Is followed up the next day: The rest is up to you, but let nothing stop you from at least thanking the person for their time, no matter how the date went.
  • Secular info – I don’t necessarily endorse all the secular information though I’ll put references to links that I largely agree with:
    • 3 things all women want in a real man (link)
      • Leadership:
        • taking initiative
        • having my own life in control
        • show that you can take care of them
      • Integrity:
        • man of your word
        • follow through
        • Personal responsibility
        • reliable demonstrated through actions
      • Fun side:
        • Risk taker
        • wild sexy side – not boring
        • be, do, or have something they would enjoy spending their precious time with
    • Key things to make a relationship sucessful (link)
      • Self Love: The happiest couples always consisted of two (sometimes more) emotionally healthy and independently happy individuals. These people practiced self-love. They treated themselves with the same type of care that they treated their partner… or at least they tried to.
      • Emotionally healthy people know how to forgive, they are able to acknowledge their part in any disagreement or conflict and take responsibility for it. They are self-aware enough to be assertive, to pull their weight, and to give love when it’s most difficult.
      • Commitment: After that emotional health came an unquestioning level of commitment. The happiest couples knew that if shit got real, their significant other wasn’t going to walk out on them. They knew that even if things got hard – no, especially if things got hard — they were better off together. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole.
      • Establish that foundation, and you’re in good shape.
      • Intentionality: This is the icing on the cake. There’s a difference between the couple who drives through the rainstorm and the couple who pulls their car to the side of the road to make out in the rain. (Yes, that’s a true story.) There’s a difference between the couple who kisses for 10 seconds or longer when they say goodbye to each other rather than just giving each other a peck… or nothing at all. There’s a difference between the couples who encourage each other to pursue their personal goals at the expense of their own discomfort or inconvenience… even if it means their partner has to stage kiss another woman.
      • The couples who try on a daily basis to experience some sort of meaningful connection, or create a fun memory are the couples who shattered my perception of what was possible in a loving relationship.”
    • Gottman seems pretty secular to me though since it is “evidence-based”, concepts or conclusions here may suggest deeper supernatural phenomena:
    • 10 Ways To Know You’re Dating A True Gentleman (link) – warning: this is from a secular humanist and not a Christian; the ideas on surface seem good though remember not to love the ideas and philosophies more than he who created them i.e. Jesus; don’t disregard his teaching i.e. the teaching of the Catholic Church
      • A true gentleman values more than just your looks.
      • A true gentleman will never be intimidated by your motivation.
      • A true gentleman will have more interests than just you.
      • A true gentleman will give you answers.
      • A true gentleman is direct.
      • A true gentleman will trust you.
      • A true gentleman is cool, calm, and collected.
      • A true gentleman will show you respect.
      • A true gentleman will put effort into your relationship.
      • A true gentleman will make you want to be the best version of yourself, without changing who you really are.
    • Unsorted:


  • We need to redeem dating
  • Chastity = whole
  • Stages of interior life (not exclusive):
    • Purgative
    • Illumitive – do things out of love for God – be light for people
    • Unity – mystic – see God in everything
  • You can’t love anybody you don’t know
  • What does “Equally yoked” mean?
    • What should I look for? In my experience I didn’t know what to look for at first, it now seems like you will know when you know, when God lets you know
  • To me it seems like relationships should be more about what you can give, than what you can receive
  • Who am I and who should I be? What duties does a man in a relationship have?
  • What have I initiated? How am I leading?


  • Build friendships:
    • Develop trust
    • Don’t try too hard
    • Listen more talk less
    • Meet friends like old high school friends
    • Put God first, don’t even worry about getting in a relationship
  • Know people’s love languages e.g.:
    • People who love scripture may have affirmation as their love language.
    • Quality time – these people may rather spend time with a few people, not a bunch of surface conversations
  • Know your worth.  If they can’t respect you, they don’t deserve you
  • Pray
  • Daily Examination
    • How did i love and how did i fail?
    • I need to love myself more and really believe in my worth
  • Create a non-negotional list e.g.:
    • must be Catholic
    • must be honest and open
    • must be pro-life not because I said so, but because they truly are
    • must love God first
    • must be willing to learn and change
    • I cannot change her and she needs to realize she can’t change me either, but we both want and do change to grow in love of each other for God
    • I cannot not expect anything from her that I don’t expect from myself for her
    • I must be able to and do make her happier
    • if she’s not fully happy, she must be at least content without being in a relationship with someone
    • she must be independent enough to be secure in herself
    • she takes care of herself spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally
    • she must understand the challenges in the world and the Church; if not she must naturally want to learn about it and do something about it
    • she has high standards but recognizes she is not perfect and thus able to love me with my imperfections
    • I must be compatible with her family, if not there must be some strong alternative support structure for her and me
    • we have compatible love languages
    • be equal in the relationship
    • mutual respect
    • mutually help each other get to heaven
    • someone I can laugh and play with; best friends
    • someone who wishes to be a mother
    • healthy relationships will have conflicts; must be able to resolve conflicts without totally warping each others sense of self-worth; i.e. there is inherent trust each other has each others’ best interests
  • Be passionate
    • if you are with the most amazing person in the world, i.e. Jesus, Mary, or your wife/girlfriend, why not be passionate?


  • Allow for intimacy: respect, trust, communication, no yelling
  • Protect her emotionally
  • Make her feel safe
  • In a relationship, spiritual journey needs to be together
  • Add communication to decision making process
  • Reflective Listening


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