Looking for Love in All the Right Places

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I have a lot of single friends. Sometimes, I play the “matchmaker” game in my head, shifting their Facebook photos mentally into lines and then pairing them with other, seemingly compatible friends. Since I’m a wimp, I hesitate to go the extra step of actually introducing them to one another. Unlike one of my sisters who I credit with actually arranging a successful marriage via an introduction between two friends, I’m a “fix up failure”.

Thank goodness for the good folks at CatholicMatch.com. I’ve met a few members of their team personally, and have also heard tons of “success stories” about couples who met either through their services or over at Ave Maria Singles. As someone who has been married for almost 27 years, I can attest to the importance of finding a spouse who is not only a soulmate, but who also shares your soul’s ultimate goal.

My friend Robyn Lee now shares her gifts as editor over at CatholicMatch.com and wrote me yesterday to share a free resource they now have available on their website. Catholics are Meeting their Spouses Online. What about You? An Easy Guide to Online Dating is a free resource you can download for your own personal use. But wait… there’s more! If your organization, church, or group would like permission to reprint this booklet or to order printed copies, you can call 888-267-8885.

Today, I’d love to hear your stories of how you met your significant other in the comments. And if you’re a reader here and are single and motivated to find your soulmate, please let me know what advice you might give to a married friend like me who has “fix up fantasies” but always chickens out in the end. I’ll start the fun by sharing how I met my husband in

About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Visit her at LisaHendey.com.

  • Leslie Lenko

    Although I have been married for many years now, I would like to say that I remember my single days as a career woman with volunteer activities searching for that special future husband. I just decided one day, that I was happy being single and that if God wanted me married for Him ti figure it out. I remember praying, “You figure it out, I’m done working for this!”. I just prayed and gave it up. Much to my surprise 3 months later my future husband came into my life. We were married on Easter! So ladies, I say, enjoy your life, pray and let God figure out your perfect “soul mate”. The match that may come to you may be “Made in Heaven”! Good luck!

  • http://mumsie2five.blogspot.com Laura Pearl

    Hi Lisa,

    I was so excited when I saw this post. Our oldest son (29) met his wife of three years on CatholicMatch.com. They are absolutely perfect for each other, and are now the parents of 19-month-old twin girls with another baby on the way. This son has four younger brothers who used to say, “I’ll never try on-line dating”–but two of them (ages 26 and 25) have serious girlfriends now that they met this past year on CatholicMatch. When our 26-year-old called to tell us he’d met someone, he joked, “I went on the family website.”

    The thing that’s so wonderful about meeting someone on CatholicMatch is that right off the bat, you know you’re dealing with people whose faith is important to them. But you can also pre-screen potential dates to find people who really share the same beliefs that you have. Apparently, there are seven important questions you answer in your profile, and my boys all said they were “seven out of sevens looking for seven out of sevens.” (A number of the people on the site are “five out of sevens,” because they’re okay with pre-marital sex and contraception.)

    When our firstborn first told us he’d met a girl on-line, my husband and I were slightly apprehensive. But now, we see CatholicMatch as a great tool for fixing up like-minded young people.

    Just thought I’d share!

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