Catholic guide to dating

About the reviewer Kathleen O’Beirne is a wife, mother of four, a freelance writer and works as a volunteer in the Marriage Preparation Program for the Arlington Diocese.

The reflection questions in this chapter are great points of consideration for any Catholic thinking about entering into another relationship, because as Duffy explains, “as faith grows so will confidence, trust in God, peace of mind and happy disposition.” A person at peace is a person ready to give and receive love.

The quality of availability discussed in this initial chapter acts as a springboard for the other qualities discussed by Duffy, and thus this chapter is by far the most important of the book, and the most likely to help the reader rebuild after a divorce.

The next three chapters discuss being affectionate, being a communicator, and being faithful.

Duffy attempts to cover a great deal of material in one chapter, including the four temperaments, the five love languages, as well as communication pitfalls and bad habits.

While the scope of the book does not allow for an in-depth look at all these topics, the author provides a very thorough appendix of helpful books that discuss these subjects in further detail.

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