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It was a Friday the 13th in January of this year and superstition says one should be cautious to avoid bad luck. But the Catholic Church says superstition is not reality, and it’s the latter belief that John and Mary held to. The young couple from Minnesota made Friday the 13th their first date.

“It wasn’t bad luck at all, but rather the greatest blessing I will ever receive,” John said later. The groundwork for their January dinner date had been put in place several weeks earlier, when Mary found him based on her match selection criteria. They made contact and began talking just prior to Christmas.

When they met the connection was instant and profound. “We had dinner and talked for four hours, John recalled. “It took as an hour and a half just to order.” Indeed, they were literally so entranced by looking at each other, they didn’t want a waiter interrupting anything.

John and Mary are approaching their 21st and 20th birthdays this summer, and it’s fair to say that each has a prayerful wisdom that goes beyond their years. Prayer was an essential part of their lives before meeting each other and certainly remained so afterward.

“I had been praying a few months before I met Mary that I would meet a woman and become closer to Jesus,” John told CatholicMatch. “I met Mary and had the most wonderful Lent…and grew so much closer to God.”

The good times are just beginning for the prayer-filled Twin Cities couple

The couple went into intensive prayer over whether they were called to marriage as they continued to date for six months. “We prayed A LOT,” John said. When the decision came they were both confident it was God’s will in their lives and felt a deep sense of peace in their decision.

John is currently working as an IT consultant in the Twin Cities area and Mary is employed as a nanny. Although as they prepare for their January 2013 nuptials, they are both hopeful that Mary will be a full-time mother very soon.

While challenges are a part of every marriage—in fact every life—John and Mary have the spiritual foundation to turn those challenges into blessings. “We plan on living happily ever after with Jesus,” John said.

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17 Comments

  1. Anne-702606 June 16, 2012

    Wonderful and beautiful Mary and John God bless you, protect you and may His face shines upon your marriage.

    Congratulations!

    Anne

  2. Kathy-730470 June 16, 2012

    A beautiful story ! You are such prayerful people ! A wonderful thing ! Congratulations on your upcoming marriage ! I wish you many many blessings ! God Bless
    Kathy

  3. Chuck-456314 June 16, 2012

    Wait, it said she hopes to be a full time mom very soon. Pre marital sex is a sin, I thought John wanted to be closer to God, well that is not the way.

    • Laura-292720 June 16, 2012

      Well first off, I think they meant they want to start having a family right away after they get married. Secondly it’s none of our business what they do. Who’s to judge, remember “ye with no sin cast the first stone” I’m pretty sure Mary Magdalene became quite close to Christ and she wasn’t perfect. You don’t win souls by being cruel and judgmental, that turns them away. You do it through example and prayer. Then to the happy couple I wish you the best. You’re quite adorable together.

      • Chuck-456314 June 17, 2012

        Hey if they put it out there then we as Catholics have to abide by what the church teaches, if you know a person is sinning then it is our duty to let them know, talking about judging people, you just judged me

    • Cathy-620979 June 16, 2012

      Yes, way to be judgmental, Chuck. It’s none of our business. Your comment is yet another example of people using the internet to make moral judgments of others, even if the facts of the case have to assumed.

      • Chuck-456314 June 17, 2012

        Just read your profile. your not even catholic. You believe pre marital sex is ok, you need to learn your faith, plus you are very liberal, meaning you voted for Obama, who is for abortion, again another thing that the church is against, feel sorry for your soul.

        • Cathy-620979 June 17, 2012

          Who are you to say who is Catholic? I am as Catholic as anyone. And what kind of logical leap do you have to do to bring up politics? I’ve never said who I voted for in the past, and even if I had, that is irrelevant to this blog post. Ad hominem statements are not the way to win arguments.

          • Chuck-456314 June 18, 2012

            Just read up on the council of trent..and what it means to be catholic..your profile stated you are very liberal, can’t vote for someone who is for abortion, period.

          • Cathy-620979 June 18, 2012

            I’m pretty sure you are trolling for reaction, Chuck, and I am not in the mood to engage with internet trolls. If you are not, God bless you because you have a distorted view of the world.

    • Dan Flaherty
      Dan Flaherty June 20, 2012

      As the writer of the article there was absolutely NO INTENT WHATSOEVER to imply that Mary is currently pregnant.

      We’ve had countless success stories where this desire to be a mom is stated and this is the first time it’s ever been taken to mean anything other than the couple wanted to have children right away.

      Any future gossip about two people who are not around to defend themselves is going to be deleted.

  4. Dominic-864113 June 16, 2012

    I want to get married to a woman and have a son and daughter, maybe more.

  5. Linda-666928 June 17, 2012

    He must STRONGLY ASK THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE CHASTITY., AND RESPECT TO MARY., RESPECT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE.

    The fruits of the Holy Spirit are twelve, as we pointed out by Paul in the Epistle to the Galatians (5, 16, 22 to 25).

    “Walk in the Spirit and you carry out the desires of the flesh.”

    The fruits of the Holy Spirit are:

    1. charity

    2. peace

    3. forbearance

    4. benignity

    5. faith

    6. continence

    7. joy

    8. patience

    9. goodness

    10. meekness

    11. modesty

    12. chastity

  6. Mercy-794463 June 18, 2012

    Congratulations! its been very essential to encounter the future spouse through unceasing prayer…I love what John said, ” had been praying for Mary, before encountered. Beautiful!
    God bless you !!

  7. Mary C. September 19, 2012

    WOW, Chuck, you comments were uncalled for. You took the comment way out of proportion. The article is about a success story for CatholicMatch. By the way, Mary is my niece, so I’m really not happy about your accusations. Especially since YOU, Chuck don’t Know for a fact that they are sinning, you just assumed the worst. But as a good Catholic, I will forgive you. Thank you Laura and Cathy for defending my niece and her fiance. May you have many blessings in your near future.

  8. Lidia-935381 January 15, 2013

    Congratulations Marry and Jhon , very beautiful couple . God bless on your uncoming marriage. Hugssssss

  9. Jonh R. April 11, 2013

    well i check and they broke off the engagement=(

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