John was hurting. The 60-year-old life insurance salesman from Chicago had a lot going for him—a good job, and four grown sons whom he was close to, but he was missing what he’d had for 31 years, a life’s companion.
“After my wife passed away, I fell into a very deep depression,” he told CatholicMatch. He and his wife had shared everything, from the simple pleasures of snuggling up together, to fulfilling grander dreams of world travel. Now, the boys were out of the house and John was alone.
“I prayed the Rosary many times asking for help,” John recalled. As part of the healing process, he began to look for someone else to share his desire to travel the globe with. “I tried almost every other dating site on earth before I found CatholicMatch,” he said. “Ladies that I met from other sites were not available to marry in the Church and that was an important point for me.”
Lucy was on the other end of the romantic spectrum—she had never been married, and the 46-year-old nurse believed that “to live is to love and to love is to live with the person of the same faith.” She was the one who first noticed John’s profile, and that he lived just fifteen minutes away.
John and Lucy spent about four weeks in online correspondence. When they met in person, it didn’t take long to confirm what they were both coming to believe. “I knew that first night I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her,” John said. “We had so much in common and we both went to church every Sunday.”
Indeed, John saw in Lucy that answer to the prayer that pulled him through his depression.
“Lucy was so easy to fall in love with that I knew I wanted to marry her as fast as we could,” John said. And he wasted no time in making arrangements. One week after that first date, he proposed marriage and she said yes.
John believed that when you find the one who is the answer to your prayers, then it’s time to act. He contacted the priest in his local parish and last November, they were married.
“I had to follow the calling and marry the woman God sent to me,” John told CatholicMatch. I truly believe that Lucy and I are a match made in heaven!”