I've been in a relationship for the past 7 months with a woman. It happens to be the first relationship I have ever been in, due to the fact I tend to be more shy and reserved. Anyway, we get along well, get each others humor, and are able to talk more than I thought was possible. We do have habits that annoy each other some quite a bit, but they don't arise often, and I know I have been a great source of help and strength for her. The thing is her faith, she is Catholic, but she has issues with some ares of the Catholic church and I can't really do anything to help her with those, like women not being priests. It isn't any of the big things like the Eucharist or abortion. But she also doesn't seem to have a strong drive to grow in her faith either, she works all day sunday and is more apt to sleep in then go to church. Although as our relationship has progressed she has attended Mass more regularly.
We started dating in January, and prior to that I had been very strong in my faith and actively engaging in it, winter break caused me to lose all my prayer habits and then due to laziness I never picked them up again. But now I am begining to rebuild those habits and that relationship with God, in large part due to reading some of the threads on this site. I want to have that close relationship with God again and seek out his will, but I digress. Everynow and then her attitude/ current level of faith will frustrate me, because she doesn't seem to try that hard, and she doesn't seem to get some of it. I guess it frustrates me because If I get married I want a very strong Catholic base and want God to be in the fore front of the relationship and I'm not sure if that would be possible without me becoming ever more frustrated by the differences in our levels of faith. But every now and then she does try and make an effort but it tends to be short lived. My plan at the moment is to continue to work on my relationship with God and building up my prayer life and hopefully that will help clarify God's will. And I will be able to go from there.
I guess part of what I want to know, is if having a large difference in levels of committment to seeking God causes any problems in marriage or if it's just unfounded concern. I care a lot about her and that obviously makes things more difficult but I just wanted some input from other Catholics.
Thanks for any help you can offer