Just a thought today for the Serious Singles and for the very long-term Searching Singles: What's your mission?
When you are Single, you are freed up for mission, whatever it might be. And as society places so much meaning on the pair-bond and parenthood, it can be very helpful to pause and reflect on what gives meaning to your Singleness.
Quite obviously, being Single frees priests, male religious and nuns for prayer and badly paid but absolutely necessary work, either in their own communities or in the world. But being Single also frees schoolteachers, for example, to concentrate fully on their students. Being Single frees scholars to devote themselves to their research. Being Single frees doctors and nurses to volunteer their services to the Third World.
When I was 36, Single, and thought I might be called to remain Single for a very long time, I made writing about Single life my mission!
So to the Serious Singles and super long-term Searching Singles out there, what's your mission? For what good works does celibacy free you?