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.
Sarah was browsing profiles and Kevin noticed that she had clicked on his. He gave her profile a return look. “I was extremely interested,” he said. “I sent her a message and we went back and forth a few times. I asked her if she wanted to speak on the phone and she said she did.”
Sarah agreed to talk on the phone and when Kevin asked her out in that initial conversation—they live within an hour of each other in North Carolina—she also agreed. But she was also surprised…
There were wedding bells, in a manner of speaking, on that first date. Ethan and Mariette went to church at the base of the famous Seattle Space Needle. As they prayed together, the organist was practicing the wedding march. Ethan found it romantic, and it proved to be prophetic.
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.”
“When I arrived home, Matthew and I continued our long-distance relationship via phone and enjoyed praying the rosary with each other… (but) there was one night where we thanked each other for the time we had put into our relationship, cried our eyes out while praying and saying our goodbyes.” It seemed as though that was there things would end—on a gracious, yet sad note.
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.
Cara was departing from her first date with Patrick feeling reasonably sure that he wasn’t the one. She hadn’t ruled out seeing him again. But she was also in communication with someone else on CatholicMatch and was a little taken aback by Patrick’s forthright approach.
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.”
After much prayer—specifically a novena to St. Anthony and to St. Joseph—Lucy decided Daniel was worth responding to, so she upgraded to full membership and replied. Their communication got off to a good start, but it still took a few months to actually get together—a literal disaster intervened.
Mike & Suzie both thought they had found “the one.” At different times, in relationships, prior to joining CatholicMatch, they were convinced they were with the person they would spend the rest of their life with. But it didn’t work out.
“As cliché as it sounds…that really deflated us,” Mike said. “However, as we all know, God’s plan is far different than ours.”
“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.
Jacob & Sammi were each skeptical of online dating. Furthermore, they were separated by a 34-hour drive and neither one wanted a long-distance relationship. The percentage chance they would end up in the CatholicMatch member story archives could not have been very high.
But the Holy Spirit isn’t bound by “percentage chance” and He brought Jacob and Sammi together anyway.
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.
Meg wasn’t in a situation where she expected a serious relationship to materialize. The 34-year-old from northeastern Pennsylvania was open to the possibility, as evidenced by her participation… Read More
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