Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Match

6/5/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Alex and Emerald are both idealistic young people, dedicated to serving others. At the young age of 23, they have already made self-sacrificing decisions in the service of others.

Alex and Emerald.

Alex and Emerald.

Highlights

By Catholic Match

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/5/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Catholic Match


Alex, currently stationed in Norfolk for the U.S. Navy wrote on his CatholicMatch profile that God, country and family are his three passions.

Emerald first came to the Christian faith through Evangelical Protestantism, but through her passion for learning and for books she came into the fullness of faith in the Catholic Church.

Meet your CatholicMatch today - sign up for a FREE account!

When Emerald first saw Alexs profile she decided to take his personal interview. The first thing that attracted her was that he had a question about Star Trek. There was another question where she thought the answers didnt accurately reflect her feelings. I emailed him as a follow up to say heres what I wanted to say." In the lore of their courtship it has become known as The Real Answer.

It only took a week after that first connection for Alex and Emerald to meet in person, and it didnt take long for them to realize that their personalities blended together.

Hes very serious-minded, but does have a sense of humor, Emerald said. The fact that Alex is serious about his faith was a major attraction.

Alex and Emerald come from different backgrounds. Alex grew up on a farm with a family of nine, and Emerald grew up in the suburbs. There is a side of life that he knows about thats completely foreign to me and I find that attractive, Emerald said.

Emerald already knew a couple of people who had met their spouses online and had been cautiously optimistic about her chances when she joined the site. Alex justified that optimism with a Christmas proposal.

"Alex spent the holidays with my family," Emerald said. "We made it through opening presents without mentioning rings or marriage. After everyone had settled a bit, he said he had one more gift for me. I love that he proposed in front of my family. They all love himhe's a brother to my siblings, a son to my parents, and fun Uncle Alex to my nephews."

Alex and Emerald are currently in marriage prep, and she recalls one incident thats proven to be humorous, but is offered as a helpful guide to others who may be ready to start the process. Make sure you start to talk about the questions before the priest asks you, she said.

Emerald recalled their parish priest asking who would handle the finances and both Alex and Emerald blurted out I will simultaneously. Neither one was militant about it, and had just made an assumption. It was something to laugh about, but a reminder of the things that need to be discussed up front.

Alex and Emerald can look forward to a lifetime of laughs together. They take seriously the things that need to be taken seriously and also know how to step back and smile.

Meet your CatholicMatch today - sign up for a FREE account!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Marriage & Family

Three adorable videos to remind us what love is Watch

Image of Kids remind us how to love.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Sometimes kids are the best examples of unconditional love. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kids are wonderful little people who are born to make connections with others, love unconditionally and innocently warm hearts with something as small as a smile.As adults, ... continue reading


STUDY: Can divorce turn your child into an atheist? Watch

Image of There is a correlation between divorce and children who become non-religious adults.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

If you want your kid to be an atheist, get divorced. That's the result of a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute. The study evaluated the correlation between divorce and children who grow up to become non-religious. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


Dozens join together to save trapped child from beneath SUV Watch

Image of Girl trapped in SUV (not pictured) saved by strangers.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A car accident in Tampa, Florida resulted in a flipped Ford Excursion and three trapped passengers in need of help. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One of the SUV's right tires burst along the I-74, sending the vehicle out of control.It collided with a guardrail ... continue reading


The MUST WATCH heartwarming moment a baby girl sees her mom clearly for the first time Watch

Image of Amazing moment a baby girl sees her mother clearly for the first time (Jukin).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Babies are one of God's most miraculous gifts to humanity - but what happens when one of these precious gifts is born with a physical limitation? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Psalm 127:3 tells us children are blessings from God. Unfortunately, John 3:3 explains ... continue reading


Mexicans descend upon capital in defense of marriage Watch

Image of Mexicans march to the capital in defense of family values (AFP).

By Alvaro de Juana (CNA/EWTN News)

Some 400,000 people filled the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to protest the Mexican government's attempt to redefine marriage as anything but a union between one man and one woman. Mexico City, Mexico (CNA/EWTN News) - Juan Dabdoub Giacoman, president of the ... continue reading


'Incredible!' Amazing moment baby is born inside intact amniotic sac caught on camera Watch

Image of The child was born in the intact amniotic sac.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A rare birth was captured in a home video when a child is removed from its mother's stomach via c-section with the amniotic sac, called a caul, still intact. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The amazing footage shows the child cleanly placed on its mother's stomach ... continue reading


'It is a mortal sin to discard our elderly...' - We must love them Watch

Image of The elderly are lonely - Why we should care.

By Mary Rezac (CNA/EWTN News)

It was August in Rome, the dog days of summer, and most people had left the Eternal City for the beach or another summer holiday destination. Denver, CO (CNA/EWTN News) - It happens every year, essentially slowing the city to a crawl for a good two weeks or more. It ... continue reading


'He grows in the love of the spouses' - Exorcist warns families of devil's infuence Watch

Image of The devil targets families for the love living there.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

There's a demon that specializes in attacking the family, said exorcist C├ęsar Truqui, a priest who participated in a course on exorcism held in Rome last year. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - Fr. Truqui warned that everything that is harming the family, including ... continue reading


'The Bible never allows us to close our eyes to those who are suffering' - How the Church can help to the unemployed Watch

Image of How can the Church help victims of unemployment?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Unemployment often leads to feelings of depression, shame and low confidence - so how can the Church help? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, explained: "Often ... continue reading


How to SURVIVE A TERRORIST ATTACK - Anti-terror expert offers tips Watch

Image of Police stage drill to prepare officers to handle an attack (PA).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Christians remain the most persecuted religious people in the world - so if a terrorist attack occurred at your Church, home or in a public place near you, what techniques do you need to survive? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Believers around the world are being ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-16
1 This was the answer Job gave to Yahweh:2 I know that you are ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130
66 Teach me judgement and knowledge, for I rely on your ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:17-24
17 The seventy-two came back rejoicing. 'Lord,' they said, 'even the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 1st, 2016 Image

St. Therese of Lisieux
October 1: Generations of Catholics have admired this young ... Read More