Committed to the single life?
- Some people have in effect made a personal commitment to lifelong celibacy, even without taking any formal vows.
- Some choose celibacy because they wish to give their lives in service to others, or because it allows them to follow a particular path in life.
- Some recognise that they are unlikely to get married, for all sorts of different reasons, and they willingly accept this and commit their lives to following Christ and living their faith as single people.
Those who accept the single life in this way, for whatever reason, can rightly think of this as their vocation – a call from God to live a life of holiness in this context, which will bear great fruit and will be richly rewarded.
Ready to offer yourself?
But perhaps we should not necessarily think of this form of celibacy as a lifelong vocation, because the circumstances might change. If you are single, and at peace about being single, but then something unexpected comes up, and you feel pulled towards another vocation – then you are perfectly free to look into that!