They're mostly common sense but there can often be a deficiency of common sense when the opposite sex is concerned.
Be sensitive to the fact that close circles can result in high drama when eligible young men are concerned, so you might need to do pre-emptive damage control if things don't work out with one roommate and you decide to date the second. Yes, it can be casual in the sense that you're getting to know someone, not marrying them on the spot.
But if you treat dating like a game, then we can't trust you with our time, let alone our hearts.
(This is likely less of an issue with practicing Catholic men who tend to be more vocation-oriented, but it's worth a mention.) The Solution: Being intentional about dating doesn't mean making the date about anything more than getting to know the person, but you are a vocation-conscious Catholic man, are you not?
Last week an article I posted about Catholic men and dating went a little viral.
This week a Catholic gal (who wished to remain anonymous) responds with some suggestions for avoiding common Catholic dating faux pas.
In my circles, the topic of Catholic dating comes up regularly or, more specifically, the topic of why there is often a lack of dating among young Catholics.
Everyone's an expert on where the blame should be placed: the hook-up culture, the hang-out culture, the so-called 'friend-zone', feminism, men being wimps, women taking the initiative instead, discernment dragging on, and the list continues.
The recent post, "Catholic Men Should Be the Best Daters", refreshingly did not attempt to psychoanalyze our stilted romantic lives, but presented a simple and practical message: guys, just ask girls out.
The post apparently hit a nerve, with many men and women sharing it through social media.
And while I applaud the sentiment and hope good men will take Josh up on his challenge, I think an additional exhortation is in order: Catholic men, please be smart daters.
Please don't think us ladies expect you to be perfect at dating - we certainly aren't - but it might be helpful to be aware of some of the pitfalls or problems that can crop up.