Perhaps the most misunderstood of the “states of life” is that of the single life. Unfortunately, it gets the least attention as well. All of us, whether married, ordained or consecrated religious, begin as a single person. For many, single life is a transition to something else. However, there are some who choose to be single; they are single by intention, not by accident. Those are the ones truly called to this state of life. While they do not make public vows or promises, these single people are dedicated to the work of Jesus Christ in the world.
Men and women living the single life are called to generous service. They tend to be more free to respond to the needs of the church and to others’ needs. Accepting this vocation means choosing to serve God in the laity in a variety of ministries.