Romantics of the world, please raise your hands.
C’mon admit it. You line up for sappy movies, and bought “The Notebook” DVD the minute it came out to add to your love story collection. After you catalogued it into the “drama-but-happily-ever-after” category, as you sang along to Nat King Cole's "When I fall in love". You grabbed that pastel colored ribbons and lace on the cover of the romance novel when you spotted it next to the heart shaped box of Godiva chocolates at Barnes and Noble. Carted off the chocolates, as well. Then, you tenderly laid the new book beside your Jane Austen shelf rack.
So go on, raise your hand, no one is looking. I’m flapping hands and legs beside you, girlfriend.
Everyone loves a good love story. Even God wrote one in the beginning of time: Adam and Eve. Then came Rebecca & Isaac, Rachel & Jacob, Tobias & Sarah, Boaz & Ruth, Joseph and Mary.
The first miracle of Jesus performed was turning water into wine at the Wedding Feast in Cana, spotlighting for us the goodness of marriage. Not only does the Sacrament of Matrimony powerfully transform us but it also calls married couples to be an effective sign of Christ’s love for the world.
Almost 1900 years after that miracle, Jesus wrote my grandparents love story. My grandfather, Antonio was a doctor who fell in love with a beautiful nurse, Luz. Before you sound out the “cliché” alarm, let me tell you girlfriend, they lived through the horror of world war two.
Since Antonio was a noted surgeon, the Japanese set out to hunt him for forced labor. My grandfather dressed up in a skirt, top and bandana and set sail with his family to a remote island in the Philippines, called Camiguin. Luz did not want to leave without her parents and siblings so Antonio took all of his wife’s family when they escaped. They hid in Camiguin until the war ended. My mother was born shortly after that. (My mother’s love story is worthy of a novel, too but she is pretty tight-lipped about the details and does not relish being the subject of my blog. I do know and can share this much: she did a nine WEEK novena to St. Joseph before deciding to marry my dad. Meanwhile, my dad sang her Elvis Presley's "Can't help falling in love with you.")
In 1997, at the age of 85, Antonio was wheeled for surgery into the operating room, the same room where he worked saving lives for his entire medical career. He reached out to his wife of fifty something years. Luz touched his arm in reply and asked him, “What can I get for you? What is it that you want?”
“You,” he said. “Just you.”
Those were his final words.
My Kleenex box churns out at least five tissues whenever I think of their story. Especially when I know it was my grandfather's family that gave me a devotion to the daily Eucharist and my grandmother's family that gave me my devotion to the rosary. All my life, I have wanted the same divine love for myself. After I noticed Mary’s profound role in this miracle at Cana, I asked Our Lady to write my love story. (The full story is below.)
In between Adam and mine, your love stories must have been written and are probably as spectacular as God intended it to be. If you wrote about it (whether it is of the rom-com, drama, action-thriller or supernatural genre) and don’t mind sharing, please add your link to the comment box and I'll move it up to the post. If you haven’t written it, what are you waiting for? And if you want to guest post, or don’t have a blog but want to write here, don't be shy, invite yourself. Shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Priests, nuns and consecrated singles, welcome!) In this day and age where marriages and religious vocations are attacked, partners are chosen randomly and children are broken from divorces, the needs to hear of romantic non-fiction loves stories written by the finger of God (or with the help of the heavenly inhabitants). And this nosy novelist just needs a good story to add to my collection to keep me inspired for those days when cranking out the third novel is a chore.
Here’s a collection that you can check out anytime and you don’t even have to worry about overdue fines:
1. Okay, I'll share my story to break the ice. If you like the third person point of view and more details, we're featured on www.captivetheheart.com.
2. Carol @Simple Catholic Living wrote her story for the Catholic Bloggers Network
3. Stephanie @captivetheheart
4. Mark & Teresa on captive the heart feature
5. Michael and & Stephanie on captive the heart
6. Monica @ Arma Dei: equipping Catholic Families guest posts here
7. Gina @ www.mybrokenfiat.com
8. Jon & Jennifer @www.catholicinspired.com guest post here.
9. Stacy @Catholic&Crunchy guest posts here.
10. Terry @8kidsandabusiness guest posts here.
11. Mark & Katie Hartfiel guest post here.
12. Boy (Fr. Nathan) Meets God love story.
13. Cindy from www.theveilofchastity.com guest posts here.
14. Girl Meets God Love Story.
15. Pauline from www.catholicbychoice.wordpress.com guest posts here.
16. Elayne & Dominic at http://www.captivetheheart.blogspot.com.
17. Kinsi from www.animakinsi.blogspot.com guest posts here.
18. Deidre from Like Mother Like Daughter
19. Devin Rose & Katie from St. Joseph's Vanguard
20. Craig and Lucy guest post here.
21. Leila's Daughter & "Athanasius" @ Little Catholic Bubble
22. Alison Girone @ Totus Tuus Family
23. Katrina @ Cedars and Tiny Flowers (Part 1 of Novella)
24. Anna @ Cherishing Everyday Beauty
25. Lisa @ Joie De Vivre
26. Fr. Donald Calloway Meets the Blessed Mother. (Awesome-must-read!)
27. Hallie @ Moxie Wife
28. Amanda @ Erring on the side of Love
29. Daniel @ Daniel O'Connor's Blog
30. Guest Post #11 Craig Loves Lucy
31. Tammy @ Catholic Stand
32. Guest Post #12 Sr. Teresa Meets God
33. Annie and John-Paul from Pray More Novenas
34. Katie and Andrew from The Catholic Wife
35. The Huntington Beach Woman and the Swiss Guard
36. Your Turn.