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During my time here, I have met, dated several fine CM women, and befriended many others. It doesn't get much better than that, except to say I've met a local woman and our relationship has been progressing well -- to the point I'm ready to leave CM as far as the "seeking" aspect is concerned.
What I will miss is participating in the forums -- my favorite CM activity (besides the dating part). We've had fun, along with trying to comfort those who needed comfort, and trying to support those who needed it. During a couple of local gatherings, I was able to meet others in person. Unfortunately, timing prevented me from attending others.
I wish I could say "Adios" personally to each of you who have made my stay here ever so pleasant, but time constraints make that impractical.
Also, some volunteer work has taken on a new direction, and new projects are being started. That will be time consuming, but I'm looking forward to those opportunities.
There's a backlog of messages to answer, along with messages to those who viewed my profile. I'm hoping to respond to all of them, time permitting. My apologies if this doesn't get finished.
To those who are seeking, look for the opportunities that are before you. Reading profiles is fine, but people are so much more than that. If there's even a little spark -- go for it. That's what you came here for. No need to be afraid of dating and it doesn't have to be an elaborate production. Simple basics are all that is needed to start with.
To the men -- treat the ladies with the courtesy and respect they deserve. To the ladies -- please excuse the anxiety attacks that many of the guys suffer before going out with you, and try to look for their real "selves".
For those who are having difficulty connecting with someone, use the time wisely. The needs of any community are great; there is always room for more volunteers.
I will keep all of you in my prayers -- that you remain healthy and find what you are truly seeking.
I will treasure the memories of the CM experience and the great people I've come across along the way. But for now, it's time to bid thee farewell......
You rascal you!!
Earlier in the year for some reason, I felt this year may be your swan song on Catholic Match. I dont know whether it was a premonition or gut feeling - maybe a little of both. Whatever the feeling, I know since my time here in July 2010, there has been no one and I mean no one who has been a better poster in the forums. Everything you shared no matter the topic or room was either informative, humorous, sociable, attentive, welcoming to a new member or a combination of those attributes. Even if you felt a poster was totally out-of-bounds with their message, you always responded in a manner that was professional and never demeaning. In the case of the prayer room, loving and always caring.
Your absence will leave a large void in the forums. You set the bar very high and you have defined what a true gentlemen should be at all times. I know I am personally a better person due to your presence here.
You are leaving for all the proper reasons. Finding a great faith-filled lady is at the top of the proper reasons and the fact she is local is a major plus.
You could have rode off in the sunset, said nothing and kept everyone wondering. However, that is not the Ray I know. You came to CM a class act and you are leaving a class act.
In closing, I pray God grants you and your lady friend His greatest blessings. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus always embrace you in His loving arms.
P. S. This weekend, I am going to drink a Millers Lite in your honor.
You rascal you!!!!
I am relatively new here, but I have to tell you that the guys have secretly been praying you would find that "one" and move on. As evidenced with this tread, you have tied up way too many wonderful ladies with your wisdom, charm, good looks, and sage advice.
And you know I jest.
God be with you both always, Ray!