Discerning priesthood dating
Yes, if he wishes to do so he may certainly date while in the discernment process.
Dating may even help him to discern whether he is being called to marriage instead of the priesthood, and it may help him to build healthy chaste friendships with women (something that is important for priests to have).
For instance, a dating relationship should never go into too much intimacy emotionally or mentally.
After going on 3 dates someone need not know everything about you. You need to make sure there are appropriate levels taken as the relationship progresses, all the while making sure you have clear boundaries to protect both of you.
5) If you do decide to date, there are certain guidelines that I think can help.
First of all, you should make sure that you have good boundaries over your heart, mind and body for the proper intimacy that the relationship ought to have.
This is a common question Christian college students (and others) ask when trying to discern their call in life in the midst of their current situation.
Dating can be a big issue with many Christians, because of the culture and expectations that go along with it.
3) There is no perfect way to discern if you are supposed to date, get engaged, get married, enter seminary, etc.
So, you should continually ask if the two of you are helping or hurting the other person’s relationship with God and if the relationship is glorifying to him.
Ask yourself these questions throughout the time you might date: These and other similar questions may help you see the big picture. If you ever get to a point that you could not marry this person, then the dating should end. If you start to go beyond the boundaries you set, then you need to slow the relationship down, take a break from it, or end it.
Now, if you think that God is calling you into a deeper dating relationship in order to discern the future and to help you grow in holiness, then you ought to obey his will. If you do date, then make sure it isn’t dating in the way that our culture has defined it.
The long-term goal is for the purpose of discerning marriage with this person or not.