A reader writes from South Africa…

I’m freaking out:

My fiancé is moving to London to study, and it is going to be a whiiiiile before I see her again. In the last three years, we haven’t spent more than ten nights apart, so I’m unprepared (to say the least).

Please pray for us: that the time might pass swiftly, and that God might keep us close together while we are on opposite sides of the planet.

Father, hear our prayer that they could take this time to grow in love for one another in chastity until their glad wedding day, placing you at the center and taking this time of separation to become more like your Son as they take up their cross for love of you.  Mother Mary and St. Joseph, pray for them!  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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  • Rachel K

    As someone whose relationship survived a year-long separation (not halfway across the globe, but my then-boyfriend, now-husband lived over five hundred miles away from me for a year), the two biggest pieces of advice I can give is are:

    1) Get a phone plan with free nights and weekends and talk every day. Every. Day. No exceptions. If you can’t actually talk, then at least leave each other lovey-dovey voicemails. My husband called himself my “nine-o-clock phone stalker” because that was when his free minutes started. It kept us from drifting or from missing each other too horrendously.

    2) Write real letters every now and then, not just emails. I was terrible at this, but my husband wrote me a real love letter every month. Email can’t compare.

    I’ll be praying for you. This is going to be hard.

    • Thanks, Rachel, and thanks, Mark. I really appreciate the prayers. It will definitely be a great test, but I guess now is as good a time as any for it to happen. Still super uneasy about it, but feeling a bit better now, knowing that we have you guys praying for us too. Thanks also, for the advice, Rachel.

  • miliukov

    it sounds like they’re living in sin

    • Mark Shea

      How about you pray instead of speculate about strangers based on incomplete information?

    • James H, London

      Rad-trad alert!