Catholic Wedding In The Works For 18th Chilean Miner by Christina Ries


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There are many stirring stories emerging along with the rescued Chilean miners, but one is of special note to CatholicMatchers. It involves Esteban Rojas, the 18th miner about to be rescued.

According to CNN, he has been with his partner, Jessica Yanez, for some 25 years. In one of the letters he sent back up to the surface, he reportedly told Jessica, “I’m rethinking this. Let’s do this properly,” and then requested a Catholic wedding Mass.

The story resonated with a Texan fashion designer, who has been emailing Jessica and is designing a wedding gown for her, according to CNN. “It’s going to be in a champagne color, I understand,” reported an on-located CNN journalist. “It’s going to have sequins and beads on an outer layer, a sheer champagne layer underneath, a lace jacket. It is going to be a beautiful affair.”

Amazing how things come to light when you’re trapped half a mile below ground. “I was with God and with the devil – and I reached out for God,” Mario Sepulveda, the second rescued miner, said in an interview.

The ninth rescued miner, 63-year-old Mario Gomez, dropped to his knees after he emerged, bowing his head in prayer and clutching the Chilean flag.

Imagine the many prayers that preceded that moment – cries for help, Hail Marys, soundless pleas.

The most grueling battles between good and evil, hope and despair, are often waged in isolation – one person, one choice. Catholic singles know this.

We all have an opportunity to learn from these miners, to choose hope over despair, to let hardship deepen faith, and to finally make changes.

If you were to be trapped below ground, what bold step might you be inspired to take?

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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