My girlfriend and I have been dating for almost 7 months. In the first few months we have been physically intimate, but recently we have been struggling to keep our relationship chaste. My girlfriend is a catholic and so am I, however, she is straying away from the faith ever since she was young. She did not grow up with the same formation I had recieved and I am praying constantly that her faith is strengthened. When it comes to controversial topics such as gays and lesbians she is adamant in with her views and believes the catholic faith hates these people. I tell her time and time again that the faith does not hate the person but the sin, and that I can not support their actions.
In the next year my girlfriend and I will be possibly attending the same university, and we will therefore have more freedom to be together, but that is what i am uncertain about. She is not a virgin and I am and intend to keep it that way until marriage. However, sometimes i feel like the fact she is not a virgin gives me an excuse to have premarital sex. She knows and wants me to continue to keep my innocence, but sometimes i am tempted to let it go. With the upcoming school year, and the more freedom we will be having how can i continue to be in a chaste relationship with her? How can I properly deal with this temptation without losing the one who is so close to my heart?
Any advice is greatly appreciated!