Luis wondered if his standards were too rigid. He had no intention of changing them, but he did wonder if what he saw as his strict views of life, love and family were making his profile less attractive. He needn’t have worried.
The 40-year-old from Sanford, FL may have had a strong commitment to his Catholic faith and want a spouse who had what he termed “self-discipline, but he was by no means a Puritan. He loved being out in nature, traveling and just enjoying laughter, and wanted a spouse who also knew how to “party and dance”, as well as when to pray. He was in the right place, and eventually Jessel found him.
Jessel, a 33-year-old from Puerto Rico, wasn’t sure whether to write Luis upon first reading his profile, but she’d learned to trust her instincts and feelings and they told her to give it a shot. She sent a message. He chose to become a full member in order to read the note, and was ecstatic with what he saw. “She described how much she liked my profile and how impressed she was,” he recalled. “It was the answer I was waiting for.
Luis’ desired answer took time to get, but when it arrived, it was worth the wait. He and Jessel connected quickly online and used all of the technological tools at their disposal to build a relationship. Webcam joined the traditional phone and e-mail in their communication.
It was one month after their initial contact they met in person, and the face-to-face meeting confirmed what they’d already come to believe—this was right. Puerto Rico is Luis’ original home and his proud connection to his heritage made the transition even smoother.
Seven months after that first meeting they were engaged, and he returned to Puerto Rico. A year later they were wed.
What made it all possible? “I hope everyone reading this could be inspired to persevere in prayer and trust there is always hope,” Luis enthusiastically told CatholicMatch. He looks forward to being Jessel’s “Prince Charming” for the rest of their days together.