Vocations – A Reflection on the Single State of Life

I think the single life is a state of life which is not often recognized as a vocation in our culture today. Too often, it may be seen more as a state of pending — waiting to determine if I am called to marriage or to consecrated life, instead of as an authentic calling on its own. I bought into this and was waiting myself, until I realized that God calls me all the time, and that I am currently in a valid state of life. And that I had better start responding. As a single, I do not have the same ties on my time, resources and attention as married couples. I can travel on pilgrimage. I can be that substitute catechist. I can be on parish council. I can volunteer at the various fundraisers. I can sponsor events. I can help out on a moment’s notice. Parents are the primary educators of their children, but in some ways, singles are the primary educators of their peers. I am living in the world in a way in which religious are not and I have potentially more free time to attend lectures to deepen my understanding of the faith and have greater access to a wider population of people. There is an expectation of a married couple to be more responsible, more religious, and in some ways more mature than a single. This, I find to be a great challenge for me to step up and attempt to be a good example of what it can be to live a good Christian life as a single. God is not waiting to call me, so why am I waiting to respond? If my state of life changes, then I will respond in that capacity at that time, and serve in the new role which God has called me to fulfill. He is calling today and I am answering today, with all the flexibility, resources and time that I have currently as a single, able to live my life entirely for others.

— Published in the OLGC Bulletin, March 22, 2009 🙂

Please Pray for Justin Wainwright

Justin is a 15-year-old who was last seen on March 16th in Ohio. He is traveling with a friend. There has been an Amber Alert issued. Please pray that both boys return home quickly and safely. If you have any information, please contact the Plymouth Township police, 911, or visit the website hosted by the boys’ families at www.findjoshandjustin.com.

Here are some photos:
Justin Wainwright
Justin Wainwright
Justin Wainwright
Josh Zohr
Josh Zohr
Police said the pair is traveling in Zohr’s red Pontiac Grand Prix with a Michigan license plate BYP1180:
Josh Zohr and his car