Are Catholics dating with the purpose of marriage? Do single Catholics have an understanding of marriage as a vocation? Do dating and engaged couples put too much emphasis on the magic of the wedding day instead of preparing for a lifetime?
CEO and co-founder of the CatholicMatch Institute, Brian Barcaro, talks with Brian Patrick from the Son Rise Morning Show about the call to marriage. He points out that if you don’t understand the call to marriage, it is difficult to discern and date for that call.
Barcaro also discusses the importance of engaged couples viewing their marriage as a vocation. He encourages couples to spend their time and energy preparing for their whole marriage rather than just their wedding day. “We’re trying to get the idea of ‘vocation’ to be back at the top of the list in people’s mind because I think if we can bring back that deeper understanding of the vocation of marriage, it’s going to solve the marriage crisis. Then it’s going to start trickling down and start solving the religion vocation crisis—priests and nuns come from families.”
Brian Barcaro shared that the CatholicMatch Institute was established to better educate single Catholics on the subject of marriage. “We think if single Catholics are more educated on the marriage vocation, they will be better daters and eventually more successful in marriage,” says Barcaro.
For more ideas about how to promote marriage and help single Catholics “get to the altar,” listen to the Son Rise Moring Show interview from August 2013, (click on the player above).