Single life

The primary vocation of everyone, no matter what ‘state of life’ they are in is to become a saint, to become the holiest, the best version of themselves. Whether you are discerning to live a single, married or priestly/religious vocation, our calling is to bring God's Kingdom to earth ("Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done..."). The single life is a vocation in itself, and a beautiful legitimate way to live out one’s calling to sanctity.

According to section 1658 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "We must also remember the great number of single persons who, because of the particular circumstances in which they have to live - often not of their choosing - are especially close to Jesus' heart and therefore deserve the special affection and active solicitude of the Church, especially of pastors...Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion".

Some Catholic singletons are single temporarily, faithfully serving God until Mr/Mrs Perfect comes along, but some decide to consecrate their virginity to God, becoming 'a bride of Christ living in the world' and follow in the example of Our Blessed Mother, giving their entire selves to serving the Church in their daily lives. This is called Consecrated Virginity, and is a vocation that attracts Catholic singletons young and old.

The following two videos are taken from the National Office for Vocations' Advent Reflection series, in which people living different vocations shared video reflections about their particular vocation. The first is on life as a single Catholic, and the second is about Consecrated Virginity.

To find out more about living the faith as a single person, or as a Consecrated Virgin, check out the following websites and YouTube channels: