When I was younger and single, I used to go to daily Mass. I loved this gift of the single life and being able to receive the Eucharist every day. Many of my friends, single and married, were doing the same. One day, one of my friends who was married asked if I was involved with anyone on a serious level and I wistfully shook my head no.
“Don’t worry,” she told me. “It will happen but one of you isn’t ready, yet. You should be praying for him because he’s probably praying for you.”
Wow, don’t you love those little pearls of wisdom that just fall into your lap?
Especially after experiencing a divorce and witnessing all the things that can go wrong in a marriage, I wanted to put every precaution into place so it didn’t happen to me again. I took my friend’s words to heart and began praying for my future spouse right away and when the time was right in God’s eyes, I met my future husband and he was even more than I had asked for.
There are so many things in life you cannot control and the timing of meeting your spouse-to-be is certainly one of those things. For single people, this is the chief complaint; When will the love of my life show up? Wanting, waiting, hoping, searching is your daily bane. It’s always a good thing to keep working toward your goals, but it’s all in God’s perfect timing, so in the meantime, you can work on the one thing in life you can control, yourself.
As a CatholicMatch member, you are likely highly prepared to meet your future spouse so if you have all your ducks in a row, why not incorporate some daily prayer time for your future spouse?
My parents prayed for all their children and their future spouses and I have followed in their footsteps now that I have three children of my own. Being able to witness the beauty and innocence of childhood makes me want to double my efforts because I want to see my kids marry (if that is their vocation) and live happy lives. Knowing that marriage is difficult, I would like to help prepare them in every way I know how.
One great way to do this is by praying a novena and if you are interested, I’d like to recommend one in particular that you can pray with many faithful Catholics around the world. It begins on Thursday, August 30th and is a novena to the Blessed Mother called the Novena for Marriage and Family.
No matter what type of prayer you offer for your future wife or future husband, make sure that in addition to praying for the right time to meet her or him, that you also pray for their growth in virtue and love for God; for their integrity, honesty, and leadership.
It’s so important to have God be a part of every aspect of your relationship; dating, engagement and marriage. By praying for your future spouse, you now have a way to include God even in your preparation to meet.
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