David worked his way through the CatholicMatch community with patience. The 61-year-old from western Maryland steadily waded through profiles, but rarely initiated contact. Isabel's profile caught his attention—the portrait of a loving mother and her four daughters was attractive to him, but he hadn't yet made a move, when she reached out to him.
"Thanks for reading my profile," she wrote in the message that would change both their lives. "Looks like we have a lot in common." That simple note led to a four-hour phone conversation, which led to a first date.
David felt great about the prospects for this new relationship after the first date, one where each felt as though they'd known each other for years. He invited Isabel to take the temperament test on CatholicMatch. But she didn't respond to the invitation and seemed to go off the radar. David was getting discouraged, and he candidly asked Isabel what was up.
It turns out it was just a question of timing. Isabel was in the process of starting a new job and needed time to settle in. The 51-year-old health-care worker had taken a position at Catholic University, and she invited David to stop by. The Basilica of The Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. is near her office, and that's where they met.
As David approached her, he felt a strong sense that the woman he was meeting was "the one." Later, Isabel revealed that she too felt something special. They had connected on the first date, but both felt something real and lasting on this meeting at the Basilica.
Both David and Isabel have had their previous marriages annulled by the Church. His son and daughter are now adults, while two of Isabel's girls are still at home. Together, they have all become one family and ten months after that meeting in the Basilica, David and Isabel were married in the Church.
In our lifetimes, we are blessed to receive gifts from God," David reflected. "These include things like our baptism into the faith, our children, the Eucharist. I consider my wife, Isabel, to be another of those special gifts."
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