Have you ever considered dating and marriage to be a profound ways to evangelize? By the way that your significant other loves you, and the way you love them makes the very love of God visible on Earth.
When you find your true-self, your strengths and weaknesses, and strive to become holier everyday, you realize you don’t need anyone [but God]. Yet, through divine providence, God puts another striving mate in your path–one who inspires you. Someone He knows who will captivates you, and emulates virtues, interests, and habits you admire.
Over time, you both may decide to consent to spending the rest of your life striving as one (Genesis 2:24) [aka marriage]
All the while, you let God love this person deeply and specifically through you, offering yourself as a gift to that one special person.
There is a great call for responsibility when it comes to dating. You are choosing to specially treasure one of God’s beloved, unique, and beautiful children.
When the person you date goes to meet God at the end of his/her life, he/she will be able to tell God how loving you were in the midst of the pains and sufferings of life, joyously telling God how you were the Heaven on Earth in their life.
Love is not about a high rush of emotions and pleasure–sure that’s an added bonus, but the way you learn to take risks, uncover truths, grow in holiness, communicate, motivate, inspire, and sacrifice for another person is exactly what makes human relationships so worthwhile.
By your relationship, the two of you are revealing the very love of Christ to the world. Strive to be the face of God for the person you date. Christ died to himself for the love of his bride (the Church). Christ took a risk, followed His Father’s will, and inspired the ones He loved–sacrificing for their every need.
Relationships are an amazing way to unlock the mystery and depths of the human heart
by St. Anthony of Padua
To be loved thoroughly and exclusively.
With having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone.
I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you.
And this is perfect love.