About a year ago, I promised Jesus that I wasn't going to date until I got out of high school. Two months after that, I started to discern the religious life.
My friends want me to date. They think I will change my mind if I start dating. My dad and grandma see nothing wrong with dating before the convent. But the thing is, why date and (in a way) trick a bunch of guys into thinking I want to get married one day and then enter the convent and leave a trail of broken hearts? For another, I'm with St. Therese of the Child Jesus. "Once I love, I love forever." Why leave bits of my heart behind?
Should I, or should I not date before becoming a sister?