“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.”
“I never wanted a long-distance relationship,” Angela admitted. “In my CatholicMatch searches, I never searched more than 200 miles…I am so thankful that Gene chose to message me and I chose to respond. I share our story because it was someone else’s story that helped encourage me to join CatholicMatch…I hope that maybe ours will be an inspiration and encouragement to others who are frustrated with dating.”
Jaci’s view of online dating quickly changed for the better, and not just because she liked the safety features put in place by CatholicMatch. An even bigger reason was that a Navy sailor, soon to be stationed in Pensacola, contacted her in that first month.
Brian and Sasha each walked a common path in their dating lives prior to meeting each other, and unfortunately it was a path marked with pain and suffering. In the end though, their story proved to be yet another witness of God’s grace and mercy triumphing over that, as they sought to cooperate with His plan to bring them together.
Mark and Amy getting together with each other—or anyone else—was by no means a foregone conclusion. In fact, each were tired of the frustrations associated with dating, but were giving it one final try
Cade and Nicole were far apart, he in Texas and she in Connecticut. But the Holy Spirit was quietly at work to bring them together, and it started with his dog, Bella.
Nicole decided she had three basic requirements for any dating partner. Of course they had to be Catholic. They had to like hiking. And they had to own a dog—and not just any dog, but a black lab specifically. Cade, a devotee of the Latin Mass met the first requirement and was praying a novena to St. Therese The Little Flower for “a little light in life.” He got a message from Nicole.
Sal told Annie he would call her when he went west. Sure enough, he called every day. When Sal returned to the East Coast, he had a box of chocolates. “That’s not the best present he gave me though,” Annie said, recalling what she told Sal when he gave her the chocolates. “The best present was that he kept his promise.” Sometimes keeping what seem to be small promises, have great consequence.