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Gene wrote:

Hi, guys —

I just bought an engagement ring and I want to propose to my girlfriend, but I'm not sure it is OK to do so during the season of Lent since this is a time of sacrifice and penance.

I am so excited to propose, but I want to do it the right way because our Catholic faith plays a big part in our lives.

Gene

  { Is it OK to propose to my girlfriend during the season of Lent? }

Mary Ann replied:

Gene —

You may get engaged during Lent. It is marriages that are not celebrated.

If you want to celebrate, then get engaged on a Saturday night or Sunday, because Sunday is a
no-fast day.

Mary Ann

Paul replied:

Gene —

Let me make a comment from another angle. I find it interesting that we moderns don't see marriage as a sacrifice. One reason we are so close to the altar when we say the "I do's",
as G. K. Chesterton said, is because marriage is just that — a true sacrifice of one to the other.

Sacrifices include hard work and perseverance.

In our divorce culture, that mistakenly sees marriage as the cause of continuous happiness and pleasure and is disillusioned when it is not, becoming engaged during Lent would make no sense.

To those who understand the true meaning of marriage, Lent can be a rather appropriate time for engagement.

Peace,

Paul

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