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Anthony and I (Jessica) are eternally grateful to the Lord, St.
Raphael, and Catholic Match for bringing us together! We feel so
blessed… and so unworthy of His infinite love and mercy. It is
literally a dream come true to tell this story – to say that we are
engaged and we're going to be husband and wife by the year's end.
(WOW!)



We both signed up for Catholic Match after years of
stormy, sorrowful, unfulfilling relationships led us to the realization
that we had to look among fellow believers, if we were ever to be
granted marriage and true love in Christ.



Anthony and I met in
New York City in May 2005, after just four days of talking online and
on the phone. From reading one another's profiles, we knew that we had
a great deal in common – yet Anthony didn't send me a note first!
Instead, I wrote him, and he later confessed to me that he thought I
would be "inactive" in a week and that someone would snatch me up
immediately. As it turns out, he was right – after a week, I had met him!



Our
first date was beautiful, special, and unforgettable. I had never
before enjoyed a romantic dinner with a warm, honest Catholic man. His
eyes shone when I told him that I was waiting, against all odds, to
share intimacy with my husband. I had never seen a man react that way
and it moved me tremendously. When we started talking about our
relationships with our families and the ways we'd want to raise
children, it was as if we were sharing one mind. It was amazing. He
held my hand gently all night; when we prayed together that evening in
the restaurant, it felt meant to be, from the bottom of my heart. There
are no other words to describe it.



Our relationship has grown
by leaps and bounds every day since. We talk to the Lord together,
attend Mass and Eucharistic Adoration together, and WITH the grace of
God, we have been in love almost since the day we met. In the fall of
2005, we even decided to attend an "Engagement Encounter" weekend, not
because we were engaged, but because we wanted to spend a few days
discussing our relationship, and focusing on where we hoped to be going
- asking God to guide our path.



Anthony always makes me feel
like his precious princess. In February 2006, he surprised me on a
castle tower beneath the stars, on bended knee, with a stunning ring, a
proposal, and our families appearing out of nowhere to celebrate with
us. What a powerful night that was – knowing that God was giving us the
opportunity of a lifetime to create a marriage in His name, and for His
glory.



My sweetheart is a brave, brilliant, loving man, devoted
to his family, to my family, and to his faith. He is my "dream
husband," and the only reason I am with him today is because we both
put our trust in the Lord, years and years before we ever met each
other.



So to all the men and women who might be reading this now…



Do not give up. Do not settle for less than God's best for you
.
If you have Him in your lives, you have everything, and He will bring
you pure happiness and unmatched joy – no matter how dark and difficult
the road may seem. You already know that God can do the impossible;
that He rewards our faith; that He grants us the desires of our hearts.
He is readying you, every day, for the person you are meant to be with.
BELIEVE IT. Let us never forget how blessed we all are to live in His
love.




****Our engagement photos were taken by the wonderful and talented Rose Mary and Kelley of Creative Touch Photography & Video. They can be reached at 203-445-0774 or via e-mail at rosemary@ctpds.com****

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31 Comments

  1. Therezia-292304 November 27, 2007

    GOOD LUCK, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STORY

  2. Steve-299398 December 31, 2007

    What a beautiful way to put into words what I now know in my heart. After 25 years and two wonderful children, my high school sweetheart left. Often times I thought how wonderful my life was, only to find in the end I was mistaken. Then I read your story, and I know, there is more that God has in store for me and one other person, and I have faith that what happened was God's plan. I await the next chapter and hope it has in it the magic and Grace that your love has. Love on!

  3. Evelyn-307050 January 26, 2008

    WOW! It was nice to read your beautiful story, it gives hope to everyone who have a complete trust in God..

  4. Alex-285308 March 24, 2008

    Phenomenal! What strength and courage you both have! Congrats, and God Bless!!

  5. Ferdinand-274020 April 30, 2008

    nice story

  6. Nester-93240 May 1, 2008

    As a family life professional, I am most impressed. Some day you might look up the Marian Movement of Couples I am forming online to promote and preserve indissolubility of marriage.

  7. Terry-352161 July 2, 2008

    This is truly a beautiful story. Good Luck,God Bless

  8. Debra-404200 January 13, 2009

    Your story really gives me HOPE. I have been divorced for 18 years and now finally getting my annullment, I can't wait until I am free to date, and get married. I also commend you both for doing it GOD's way, itis the only and best way.
    Take Care and GOD BLESS you and yours always

  9. Naomi-320040 January 28, 2009

    Thank you for sharing your story and for that last paragraph. What a beautiful reminder to be grateful for what I have and patient for what is on its way. I have always done my best to remember this. I feel fulfilled when I keep this at the forefront of my heart. When I forget this I can begin to focus on sadness or lonliness. It was meant for me to read this today and at this moment. Thank you and I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

  10. Michelle-420626 April 3, 2009

    wow.. I got so teary-eyed when I read this. It really touched me. I hope you two a lifetime of happiness, love and Faith.

  11. Diane-436656 May 6, 2009

    This is a wonderful and touching story. I wish you both the best of luck and many years together. With God in your marriage you cannot fail. I wish my husband of 33yrs and I had included God in the marriage sooner, it makes the difference. After we joined the Catholic faith, we had 2 good years before he died of cancer. I am just glad he is in Heaven, and maybe God will help direct me to find someone to keep me from being so lonely now. If it is God's will, maybe I can find happiness like you two did. It gives me some hope at least for some new Catholic friends. Thanks for sharing your love story. It made me cry.

  12. Thuy-428191 June 24, 2009

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. After 24yrs my husband walked out on his family without saying good bye. He became Catholic when we got married but was never really believe in the Church, I came from a family that pray together every night but failed to do that with my husband. I hope some day God will lead me to someone who shares my faith as well as my daily prayer. May God bless you both always.

  13. Joy-354441 August 6, 2009

    You are an extraordinary couple.Faith is what gets one through the day. You are young I am old, maybe there's hope for me dispite my age. I would really just like a friendship and see where it goes. God Bless the two of you.

  14. Ann-462852 September 15, 2009

    Thank you for sharing your story! It is so beautiful and what I have been waiting/hoping for!

  15. Patricia-489418 October 4, 2009

    Amen! Amen! And We Thank Our God For Your: "A Dream Come True."
    The proposal in the castle — with your families and God to celebrate Your Life Together — is a Heart-Treasury.

  16. Join-394819 December 20, 2009

    Thank you for your story.

  17. Cleng-520911 December 20, 2009

    Congratulations to both of you! God is always there and knows what is best! All we need to do is just believe that the things we want and need will come true someday in his own will!!!!!

  18. Louis-520893 December 21, 2009

    God is always there and especially when we least expect his help. Your story gives me hope that I will also find a special person to share my life with. God Bless both of you and your families.

  19. John-505561 January 9, 2010

    I really enjoyed reading the story of Anthony and Jessica frst relatrionship that led to marriage. I too believe very deeply about Jesus guiding people and bringing them together for life (marriage). I almost was married, 30 yrs ago, but my wife to be was controlled and directed by her mother. That is past and I have for 24 years turned my life over to Jesus and He brought me into CATHOLIC MATCH. I fund someone in New Jersey but way to early to say anything until we meet, talk and socialize. For me, it is a "One day at a Time." Jesus is our guide and advisor. I am very greatful for you both coming together spiritually and socially. God bless you both and have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon. Peace, Jack C.

  20. Antoine-538520 January 29, 2010

    honestly am so happy. believe is the word.i have been so so unlucky when it comes to relationship.my last relationship ended terribly. my ex will not talk about Jesus with me let alone pray with me. friends are always teasing me because am a catholic. ladies will not go out with me because they don't want to marry a catholic and become a catholic because to them Catholics are boring. i was just about to give up when i was led by the spirit to try CATHOLIC MATCH. though i haven't found love yet, i believe i will because GOD is in control. GOD bless u Anthony and Jessica with a happy married life. your story encourage people like me.

  21. BiancaBlanche-558702 March 20, 2010

    so romantic. with God nothing is impossible. He will give the best of the best for us.

  22. Nneka-445935 July 30, 2010

    He is an awesome God indeed!

    • Janice-658455 December 8, 2010

      WOw COngratulations to both of you… i was touched of your story.. i almost cried.. now that i ve read it .. it makes me strong and never give up.. and hopefully can find the man that im looking for.. been in a bad relationship.. but im just happy bec. im with God now focus for now to him.. i know theres a purposed on this why it happened?? but anyway Anthony & Jessica God blessed you always…

  23. Ailine-478626 January 3, 2011

    i’m so touch….nice its great.. God is good for very body…..God bless you both!!!….

  24. Vien-686455 February 12, 2011

    Quiet interesting! Thank God for U.

  25. Alicia-777025 October 13, 2011

    is very romantic

  26. AikoMae-781442 January 7, 2012

    hello, I am so happy to hear a love story like you.. I am a widow for almost 3 years . Me too has a love story way back time .., and hoping soon to have new one in the right time.. so excited .. this time i am busy working and if there is someone coming over i may say and pray to God it might be good and blessed .. Congratulations.. and all the Best..

  27. SheilaMae-819729 February 3, 2012

    it’s really a dream come true to really found your match…IT WAS A BLESSING FOR BOTH OF YOU!

  28. Brendan-637879 February 23, 2012

    I really love enjoy reading these stories because it gives me hope and inspiration in my own life. It is wonderful to read that other couples have gone through and struggled with the same things that I am going through with my girlfriend. We also met on Catholic Match and I new pretty much right away that she was the one. We spoke for over 5 hours the first time we talked. I am also asking for your prayers that she will see that the distance between us is only a pebble and with the Lords help he will bring us closer together. I am trying to get a job closer to her so that we can really date and I can take her out on dates and be the man of her dreams in person and not just on the phone or through e-mail and letters.
    Thank you to all those who post success stories as they are a real and concrete sign that when we place our trust in God he will not let us down. The God of l Love wants only for us to be happy and Catholic Match helps us find our true match.
    Thank you.

  29. Shirley-828151 March 30, 2012

    Anthony and Jessica. Thank GOD for HIS blessings and for sharing your romantic story. Our LORD loves all. Spiritually, I wish you both a blessed happiness now
    and forever. Recently , I registered with CATHOLIC MATCH organization because I believe and trust the mission helping the members spiritually and love of GOD.
    Personally, I had been alone after five years marriage because his mother want him to live
    with her. I had been separated and divorced for 43 years. All this years and at present I had
    no male friend or relationship due to my love and honest y to our beloved LORD. I religiously offered my life to serve GOD.like working extremely hard (teaching in three different schools, two Roman Catholic School Boards ) to earn a living to nurture and educate my two wonderful children. Now , they are highly professionals . securely
    employed, self-sufficient and independent, Furthermore , I do teaching catechism and
    help needy people as volunteer. I pray and hope that Catholic Match will help me.find a
    single honest ,loving caring gentleman

  30. Anabelle-858981 May 18, 2012

    Your love gives me hope. Reading stories like this inspires me more to wait patiently.
    May God bless the both of you always and may you continue to be an inspiration to everyone here.

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