There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

compatibility in a different sense

Maureen Dowd has in recent years been quite the object of criticism for her explorations of the male sex,but this just came across my inbox (HT: Kirk DeBoer): an op-ed piece on what constitutes the kind of person suitable for marriage.

Last Sunday we began to discuss how compatibility should enter into one’s thinking about whom to marry.We argued that there are certain limitations to tying one’s hopes of a good marriage to that notion, but we also recognized how finding similarities between two people is not an inherently misguided endeavor.  What Dowd’s brief essay espouses (no pun intended) is that which she heard from a Catholic priest who’s spent decades counseling people prior to their decision to marry. Aside from his characterization of Paul as a “world-class” misogynist, he outlines a very workable set of guidelines for choosing a mate.  And compatibility features very heavily, but compatibility in a different sense: is a potential mate’s character compatible with what constitutes a mature, adult, and holy outlook?  

Well, you can read the rest.  I wonder what you might add.

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  Amy wrote @

I wish I could have been there for the start of this series!

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