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We’re pleased to feature Dawn-58330 on the second day of Christmas.

 

What were the greatest blessings of 2010?

God has been so good to me in 2010! The gift of an abundant life really is the biggest blessing. Six of my CatholicMatch friends got married. My parents and the rest of my family are happy and in good health.

I was able to travel with friends to see other friends last summer, which is one of my passions.

And being able to share Christ in my classroom on a daily basis is a blessing that I try not to forget.

 

How has your approach to finding a mate evolved?

 

Initially I expected one day he would stumble upon my profile, be inspired, write me and we would be off on this romantic journey through the Internet, just the two of us.

But this individualistic approach now seems unnatural to me. The communal aspect of CatholicMatch (the forums, the chat rooms, and the events) provides a social context for couples to get to know each other. The prayer and shared Catholic faith help provide the social scaffolding for relationships to develop.

Whether I find him living close to my home or some distance from me, I know that I want us to have mutual friends, prayer support and a place together in the community of CatholicMatch.

My approach has evolved from being a passive to being an active member of CatholicMatch. I’ve learned that something isn’t really a relationship until we meet, but that meeting is quite possible and enjoyable. I’m much more outgoing, though far more discerning, than when I began.

 

What’s your CatholicMatch strategy?

I embrace the faith community of CatholicMatch. I participate in the forums, visit the chat rooms and attend events whenever possible. When I’m traveling I contact members I have come to know and we get together.

I regularly visit with my CatholicMatch Indianapolis friends; we get together at least every two months. I know that it is quite possible that I will meet my husband through these wonderful people.

I participate in the Oremus prayer room, 54-day rosary novenas with other CatholicMatchers, and the weekly rosary teleconference call.

I browse profiles of men who live within a day’s drive and send emotigrams to those who spark an interest in me.

 

Why do you stay on CatholicMatch?

I think it is the best possible place online that I may find my husband. It suits the man that my heart is looking for.

I stay because CatholicMatch has been such a blessing in my life already. Not only has it blessed me with wonderful friends, but my faith has grown and deepened.

I stay, too, because God keeps nudging me to stay. He’s got a purpose or two for me on CatholicMatch.

 

 

 

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

Attending Midnight Mass with my family at the cathedral. There’s nothing like singing Christmas hymns to giant pipe organs in a gothic-style basilica with massive stained-glass windows. The Glorias are just that more impressive!

 

 

 

What’s your hope for 2011?

I hope those who are looking for work and gainful income find it early in 2011. I hope 2011 will be the year we see a dramatic turn in our country’s view on the sanctity of life.

I hope to see many more of my friends find love on CatholicMatch and make plans to marry by 2012, and I hope to be among them!

 

Make a prediction for 2011.

I predict that Blessed Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II will be canonized on the same day in 2011. John Paul the Great will become the patron saint for online dating, seeing as he was the first pope to use the Internet, loved young people and promoted the sanctity of marriage.

I also predict that with the growing popularity of social networking and the universal Catholic Church, CatholicMatch will feature three-quarters of a million profiles in 2011.

 

 

Further reading

  • The first day of Christmas featured Lisa.
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23 Comments

  1. Jim-397948 December 26, 2010

    Hello Dawn…Do you plan to be a matchmaker in 2011?? Jim

  2. Janis-59313 December 27, 2010

    Two beautiful women in my book! I agree 100%. Lisa and her advise column (she also sent me a Christmas card from Canada!) and Dawn with the glow of Christ bursting from the twinkle in her eye. Excellent choices.

  3. Ray-566531 December 27, 2010

    And they named her Dawn because she lights up a room when she walks in.
    Another excellent choice for the 12 Days theme. A very gentle, mild-mannered lady with a good sense of humor, a lot of wisdom and experience from her profession, and an all-around fun person.

  4. Christy-365748 December 27, 2010

    Dawn is a true blessing!! I love her outlook on life! I’m so proud to call her my friend!

    • Dawn-58330 December 27, 2010

      Jim, you made me laugh! When I was in eighth grade I wanted to be Yente in the eighth grade production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” I didn’t get the part, and was instead casted as a male villiager. Don’t think I am any better at the role now.

      Thank you, Janis and Ray. You both are so kind. I am thankful to have gotten to know you over the fora.

      Christy, my KY friend, I am proud to call you friend, too! We need to commiserate again soon. :)

  5. Bernie-645443 December 27, 2010

    Dawn, thanks for your informative notes in the fora, especially on education and culture. Your upbeat outlook is much appreciated.

    • Dawn-58330 December 27, 2010

      You’re welcome, Bernie. Thank you for encouragement and appreciation. God bless you!

  6. Leon-593843 December 28, 2010

    No doubt in my mind Dawn would be one of the 12. She is sweetness personified. Such beauty, charm, grace and professionalism. Sets the standards of a quality human being. The CM community loves you so much.

    Leon

    • Dawn-58330 December 31, 2010

      Uncle Leon, you are simply the best! I am so glad that we have become friends. We love you here on CM too! Some day you and I will meet, I’m sure. :)

  7. Theresa-462847 December 28, 2010

    Dawn, you have been an inspiration to me just by reading your posts! You always project such warmth, kindness and a generosity that is such a joy to be around. You seem to always place others before you.

    Love the way you are so creative in your writing, what a pleasure to read it. You are truly using the gifts God has given you, I can just imagine what a great teacher you are, molding those young minds and hearts! God bless you Dawn, may God continue to bless you abundantly!

    • Dawn-58330 December 31, 2010

      Theresa, thank you for appreciating in me some of my own favorite qualities about myself… my prayer, my writing, and my teaching! You, dear lady, are a prayer force to be reckoned with! The devil fears when you wake up in the morning because he knows your are about Our Lord’s work. Keep the faith always, sister!

  8. Robert-636894 December 29, 2010

    I am very proud of my adopted “little sis” :)

    I enjoy her posts tremendously: she is a wonderful young lady! CM is far richer for her presence here.

    • Marian-83994 December 29, 2010

      I agree with everything everyone has written here about Dawn. She is someone who lights up a room, has so much to share, is creative and positive. I am blessed to call her my friend and have her as a friend! CM is blessed to have Dawn!

      • Dawn-58330 December 31, 2010

        Thank you, Lady Marian! You have so much class! HUGS!!

    • Dawn-58330 December 31, 2010

      Big Brother Bob! Thank you for your appreciation and support. It’s good to have you watching my back! God bless you, sir!

  9. Anna-397053 December 30, 2010

    Way to go Dawn! Your own article!? This is SWEET!

    • Dawn-58330 December 31, 2010

      ANNA!!!! Good to see you! Hope you are well. This is the best blessing of being on this blog…connecting and reconnecting with friends. God bless you!

      • Jacqueline-198 January 1, 2011

        Dear Rock Star, may I have your autograph?! Way to go girl!

        • Deanna-558852 January 2, 2011

          No surprise that you would make this list. Any chance I can become a close friend, Dawn? It seems being your friend leads to finding a spouse. lol ;0)

          • Dawn-58330 January 4, 2011

            Of course you can become a close friend, Deanna… just bring along the single Catholic men! BTW… Another of my CatholicMatch female friends got engaged over New Year’s! YEAH!!!! I am excited that my dear friends are finding love and marriage. The more the merrier! I figure it has got to come to me one of these days. :)

        • Dawn-58330 January 4, 2011

          Thank you, JackieGirl! I don’t think I’ve ever been a rockstar before. You can have autographs, pics, hugs and lot’s of love, chica. I’m so glad we’ve become friends over the years. Until we meet again at another Rockin’ event…

  10. Grace-39317 January 5, 2011

    Hi Dawn! Glad to see you’re featured here. Wonderful words…God bless you more :)

  11. Helaena-743478 December 17, 2011

    That was all beautifully written, Dawn ! Congratulations!

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