Fall 2012 - Episode 3: The Single Life: The Third Vocation, Part 1
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In this episode we interview Rome Bureau Chief, Joan Lewis

1 Corinthians 7: 32-35: 32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs - how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world - how he can please his wife -  34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world - how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1658 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. Many remain without a human family often due to conditions of poverty. Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion. The doors of homes, the "domestic churches," and of the great family which is the Church must be open to all of them. "No one is without a family in this world: the Church is a home and family for everyone, especially those who 'labor and are heavy laden.'"170

Tips on Discernment: When God calls someone to a particular mission, he gives the desire, the ability, and the opportunity. One’s desires are not necessarily in conflict with God’s will; in fact, it is precisely through those desires that God may be revealing his will.
In John 1, the following account clarifies discernment. These two disciples wanted to have a conversation with Jesus on the road to figure out if they should be with him. But Jesus tells them simply to come and see. Sometimes we have all the information we are going to get through thinking and talking, and are at the point where we simply have to keep walking, and get more clarity through the experience of “trying out” a particular way of life.

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”  They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.

Two other points to keep in mind:

→God will deal with us in a similar pattern as he has done in the past. In other words, when trying to make a difficult decision, think about how God has made clear the right decision in the past.

→ If you feel called to marriage, that is a normal aspect of our human nature. The mere desire for it doesn’t mean that is your call. But if you feel you may be called to religious life, presume that you are, because it requires a special grace to feel the attraction to that.

Pope John Paul II Letter to Women states:

Thank you, women who work! You are present and active in every area of life-social, economic, cultural, artistic and political. In this way you make an indispensable contribution to the growth of a culture which unites reason and feeling, to a model of life ever open to the sense of "mystery", to the establishment of economic and political structures ever more worthy of humanity.

Thank you, consecrated women! Following the example of the greatest of women, the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word, you open yourselves with obedience and fidelity to the gift of God's love. You help the Church and all mankind to experience a "spousal" relationship to God, one which magnificently expresses the fellowship which God wishes to establish with his creatures.

Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world's understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.


Discussion Questions

  • Are you open to the possibility that marriage may not be God’s plan for you?
  • Have you sought spiritual direction for these questions and concerns?

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