On the sixth day of Christmas, we spotlight Ithro.
What were the greatest blessings of 2011?
I was able to go on my third CatholicMatch event, CM-Ireland! It was the only place on my bucket list and the experience far exceeded any experiences I could have possibly imagined. I had a very enjoyable time with 37 CatholicMatch members I had never met before and left feeling that I had gained dear and loved friends! I am sure a few of them will be friends forever.
Not only did I enjoy the people I was with, but also fell even more in love with Ireland, its land and its people.
Another major blessing was that I have retired again and plan to make it permanent this time.
Lastly, I was able to go to Virginia to visit with my mother and sisters twice.
How has your approach to finding a mate evolved?
My approach to finding a mate has evolved and is not fully understood. I realized that I came to CatholicMatch like many others: expecting miracles.
But in reality I was not completely ready emotionally. I have gone from making a great effort to simply making it happen to putting in much less effort, but mentally and emotionally I am much more ready for romance. I have always believed it was up to God and now I am more fully giving it to Him.
What’s your CatholicMatch strategy?
Looking at men has become less of a reaction to the way he looks and more to the appeal of the written profile. I do not contact as many men as I did before. I do not make a point to express welcome to every single new CatholicMatch member, but still welcome some, even if I’m not necessarily attract to those men; I’m just being friendly.
At the moment, I cannot really say that I have a strategy – just sort of going with my gut.
Why do you stay on CatholicMatch?
I stay on CatholicMatch because of the very good friends I have gained here. It’s great to be in a group of caring and prayerful Catholics, both men and women.
Also, there have been a few times where there was hope of something greater happening, but it did not last. With God anything is possible.
What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?
A week or so before Christmas, there is usually a Christmas meal with an old local friend. He loves to cook the entire meal and invite friends. Then there is Mass on Christmas day, and I usually spend the day with a meal at my sister-in-law’s house or by accepting a friend’s gift of a meal at a local restaurant that’s open and you see many familiar faces.
What is your hope for 2012?
Many years ago I founded a non-profit corporation for low-income elderly, and my hope is to make it a greater reality this coming year. I hope to learn to play the keyboard and sing more. To find a man with whom I could be a greater friend would be nice also.
Make a prediction for 2012.
I predict my 99-year-old mother will live to turn 100 on March 30. (I keep telling her that she will live to be 120!) By the grace of God, I might even go back to Ireland in 2012. That would make it a great year!