Catholic retreat for dating couples
Although not Catholic, I highly recommend Neil Clark Warren’s book “Date or Soul Mate” (it covers the areas of discernment and the concept of “must haves” and “deal breakers”.
And, a classic Catholic book is Three To Get Married, by Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
We decided to go through the lists together before deciding if we should meet in person.
we personally found them all extremely BORING having already discussed every aspect.
:shrug: Actually, when we met with our FOCUS couple, they said we were the HIGHEST scoring couple they had ever had, which to us seemed a little frightening.
Anyways, like others said, engaged encounters, and more importantly marriage preparation (we had to do prep with a Brother, who was very helpful), are for people who have already decided they believe they should marry, to make sure they are prepared to enter this bond.
In my opinion one of the most important things to do before getting married is actually learn what marriage is.