Apple and I met in our Parish’s delegation for the World Youth Day 2013. She wanted to discern God’s vocation for her. I wanted to see how big my Church was. We ended up becoming friends.
I courted her in 2014 and after 7 months, we officially became a couple on 8 September 2014, Mama Mary’s birthday. During our courtship, I would write her letters and send it to her through snail mail.
The letter she is reading in the video was the 8th letter which I wrote on 8 June 2014 but never sent to her. I had addressed it to her in Kosciol Mariacki – which is a very special place for us. Our home parish in Dubai is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. We have also consecrated ourselves to Mary on the Feast of the Assumption, 15 Aug 2014 and renew it every year. In fact, we are currently preparing to renew it this coming August.
To prepare for the proposal, I knew she never believed in engagement rings but wanted to receive a pair of trekking shoes that she would use on her Honeytrek with her future husband.
After discussion with our spiritual director and her family, I was able to get a simple knot ring a week before I flew to Poland. The day of the proposal, we were assigned to serve in the adoration service in Kosciol Mariacki. I wasn’t planning for it to happen on that day but it was Divine Providence as it was also the feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne. St. Anne is one of our relationship’s patron saints and we just finished praying a novena to her.
After the adoration service, our delegation surrounded us, I handed my soulmate the two year old letter, then knelt and popped the question!
We are grateful to God to be one of the many World Youth Day love stories and know that His mercy and the Blessed Mother’s intercession will guide us on this next chapter of our life’s journey to Him together as a married couple.