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Call to the Single Life

The call to the single life is not the “default” vocation. The circumstances of being “single” are many and varied – not being ready for a marriage, priestly or religious commitment, death of a spouse, divorce or separation, care of parents or siblings, and yes, by conscious, free choice.  Some people chose to be single to devote more time and energy to a particular cause or profession.  “Single” for Christians means a chaste lifestyle and the freedom and responsibilities that come with not having the responsibilities of other vocations.

It’s not easy being a single Christian today.  Many activities are geared to couples, and sometimes singles feel like outsiders. Those called to the single life have much to offer, and the church wishes to encourage and support those who are following this call, being conscious of their particular needs and gifts, as planning is done for parish programs and events.

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
(Romans 8:28)

Through the witness of love in the Sacrament of Matrimony or the generous dedication of people called to the single life, through their activity in the world whatever it might be, lay people can and must be a true leaven in every corner of society. Upon this, the success of the new evangelization depends in large part.

(John Paul II)