1 month ago I started dating this sweet young Catholic woman who I met at my local parish. I didn’t realize it but I think I sorely needed a woman’s company/friendship, and she’s been a very positive force in my life, has made me feel much happier and less miserable.
She’s really devout (attends Mass almost daily) and under her influence I’ve actually started taking my Catholic faith much more seriously. Around a week ago we’ve started holding hands and kissing, not making out with tongues or anything, but in a passionate way and for an extended time. The problem is I get quite aroused by this. I don’t think I’d call it lust, because it’s more romantic and not about her body or anything, but is this kind of thing mortally sinful? I don’t think she has as strong of a reaction to this as I do, so in her mind it’s innocent and not sinful. I really like this girl and enjoy being around her in general, and would like to continue the kissing sessions as well if it’s morally permissible. What’s the consensus on this?