“One of the key things about our current society it is a culture that’s highly driven by philosophy of relativism and instant gratification,” Baltz said.“The Church sets the ideal of God’s divine love.” However, premarital sex has become commonplace in culture, with phrases like “Netflix and chill” (the millennial generation’s code for a hook-up) and popular websites where people can meet strangers to date or just for sex.
For Keith and Hambuchen, who each lead Bible studies at CCM, prayer is the center of their relationship.“Praying together each day, going to adoration together, we tried to make that habitual from the very beginning,” and if they fail, Keith said, “We know we suffer.” As in everything, Catholic young adults are encouraged to follow spiritual morals.Part of the decline in marriage and rise in premarital sex can be attributed to society accepting cohabitation, which the Church is against. However, it has become the norm for couples preparing for marriage.“I try to be very consistent with what the Church teaches.The National Bureau of Economic Research has said the decline in marriage can be attributed to several factors, including an increase in educational endeavors.
Tony Hoyt, 28, a member of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock, explained he was “dating school.” As a first year medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with three more years to go, plus an additional four years of residency, finding time to date is tough. “I still feel like a child at heart and I don’t realize I’m getting older. “I feel I am not rushed because of how much I have going in front of me,” Hoyt said.According to Pew, a third of those between 26 and 33 have a four-year college degree, the highest in U. “But one day I might be 50 saying ‘Hey there’s no rush.’” Chance Keith, 22, a member of St.Joseph Church in Conway who attends the University of Central Arkansas, said a lot of his friends have felt anxiety about not yet finding “the one God is calling them to.” “I find a lot of peace through dating and through trusting God in this process,” Keith said.He was born to Crafton and Elva Williams on Saturday, August 7, 1943 in Magnet Cove, Arkansas.The family will be holding a private service at a later date. “I think the Church places us at a higher standard,” Rideout said.