The Gospel of Matthew says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be.” (Mt 6:21) My heart first belongs to Jesus, but I know that He wishes me to share it with another. I do not expect to find my sweetheart at a gym (though it could happen), in a bag of movie popcorn, or at a gas station.
Yet those are all places I do not think twice about spending money. To me it seems foolish not to invest in an online Catholic dating site, and CatholicMatch offers far more than anything else I could spend fifteen dollars a month on for my heart.
While looking at one of the recent CatholicMatch polls, I had a light bulb moment. The question was “What website issue do you think is most keeping you from finding your match on CatholicMatch?” 23.9% of the responders attributed their lack of success to the fact they have not paid for a membership. Interesting, isn’t it? We are a puzzling species. We know exactly the solution to things at times, but do we commit to doing anything about it?
These are tough times for all of us right now. Not only are we struggling with financial and employment challenges, we are also facing a faith crisis in this world. We are becoming more accustomed to fear, materialism, cynicism, violence and resignation to the ways of the world. Our money, time and attention are being pulled in all kinds of directions, but we can’t afford to buy into the lies. We need to invest in our God, our Catholic Faith and the Covenant we have with our Creator. If we do not put our treasure towards these things, how can we expect to be blessed with the greatest of gifts—love? (Cor 13:13)
A full membership with full participation in CatholicMatch has given me much. It is an act of hope to dive into this Internet pool. I cannot enjoy a day at the swimming pool by just sticking my toe in. I don’t think twice about diving head first into the deep end. The same is true of my CatholicMatch experience. CatholicMatch invited me to commit to the experience of being a single Catholic searching for God’s plan for me. The articles, forum discussions, and prayer efforts have taught me more as an adult about being a devout Catholic. My prayer life and my devotion to the sacraments, Mary and the saints have deepened. I have a more mature and full understanding of what it means to be a woman of God.
But really it is the relationships I have formed with very faith-filled people that have given me the most in faith and love. Through the forums, chat rooms, events, dinners, pilgrimages, weddings and baptisms God has taken me on several adventures to meet other members. All I had to do was say “yes” to the idea of just meeting other sincere people who love the Catholic faith. God has done the rest.
Three years ago I took a road trip around the US for three weeks visiting with CatholicMatch friends that I wanted to meet. These friends are lifelong companions on this journey of faith. I know I am loved—by my God, my friends and my Church.
Since then I have not hesitated to get out there and meet people from CatholicMatch. I think it is among these people and in this Church that I will find my Heart’s Desire. (Ps 34:4) I’ve invested in this area of our Church, and I am finding out that there is no better place to spend fifteen dollars a month on my faith and love. I’ve no interest in looking beyond the Church, for isn’t the quest for true love supposed to lead us to God?