The mere willingness of Jim to fly across the country to meet Reena touched her, and she found his sincerity and effort attractive. No less attractive was his commitment to the Catholic Church, particularly in her teachings on marriage and pro-life issues.
“I felt I had to open my heart and put my will into God’s hands, to be open to any woman I may meet through CM, regardless of her location,” Brendan recalled. “CM seemed to be the right conduit to potentially have this opportunity, but I did not set out to do this intentionally.”
Paul had just started coming back to regular Mass attendance when he heard of CatholicMatch. The 52-year-old post office manager in New York City had been sort of on-again, off-again as a churchgoer. Then tragedy struck. His wife died of cancer.
They were hanging out together on a Friday night, and fueled by a couple glasses of wine, the group got Katie to create a profile on CatholicMatch, and she browsed the site. She noticed Steve’s profile.
“Sometimes I would be very active, checking in every day,” the then-28-year-old recalled. “Other times I would let it sit for months. I did meet a few nice guys on here, but we just didn’t click. But I never gave up hope that I would meet ‘The One’ someday.”
Over the course of the next three months she put together a list of traits that any future partner of hers would have to have. The list would end up with nine, and she gave it to God. “Here’s my heart,” she said to the Lord in prayer. “I’m going to wait and see.
Why in the world would I waste my time talking to someone so far away?, Sheri thought to herself when the chat request from Robbie came through on her CatholicMatch account. He’s in Minnesota for goodness sakes! Two states away! Yes, the then-23-year-old from St. Louis was a little skeptical. But she decided there was really nothing to lose—it was only an online chat request. So she responded and the door was opened to something beautiful.
One problem was that there wasn’t a lot of hope for finding dating prospects. Angie lived in a small town in central Florida, whose population was mostly retirees. Yet, she was also not entirely comfortable with the idea of online dating. “I can be kind of shy and I usually avoid situations that require me to talk to lots of strangers,” she said. “Online dating would be the opposite of my comfort zone.”