Some thoughts about being single from people who say things much better than me.
"The good thing is that our Father in Heaven, in Christ Jesus, shows us this great example through Christ about this suffering and how we need to embrace that suffering of maybe loneliness or the fear, but if we embrace it with Christ, He promises us resurrection, He promises us that fulfillment of those desires. The desire that we have in our hearts for unity and for love, He placed there! And so what kind of a Father would give us a desire that wouldn't fulfill it, and He wants to fill it abundantly and we have to trust that faith and we have to believe that our Father in Heaven desires that more than anything else, even more than we desire it. And so I guess it's a matter of the very foundation of putting that faith and trust in God and going with our Lord and place that petition before our Lord, and He will hear it and He will answer that prayer."
(Jason Angelette, on Catholic Answers Live, ~9:50 into the show)
On being worried...
"I am not at all worried about the future. I am sure God will do his will; it is the only grace I desire."
(St. Therese of Lisieux)
On the ache of singlehood...
God is the only one who can satisfy your heart. Another person doesn't complete you, only Jesus Christ can complete you! Place your trust in God, not in people. People disappoint, but God never does.
Marriage is not going to fix you. The healthier you can be as a single person in your faith and in yourself, the better foundation that's going to be for your marriage. Marriage isn't there to make you happy, it's there to make you holy!
The more intimate your relationship with God, the less you will feel that ache for another person. The perfect man for you can't even hold a candle to God and His love for you. He fills that desire in our hearts.
On our desire for God...
O God, you are my God—
it is you I seek!
For you my body yearns;
for you my soul thirsts,
In a land parched, lifeless,
and without water.
I look to you in the sanctuary
to see your power and glory.
For your love is better than life;
my lips shall ever praise you!
I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands, calling on your name.
My soul shall be sated as with choice food,
with joyous lips my mouth shall praise you!
I think of you upon my bed,
I remember you through the watches of the night
You indeed are my savior,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.
On the invitation...
In the hidden recesses of the human heart the grace of a vocation takes the form of a dialogue. It is a dialogue between Christ and an individual, in which a personal invitation is given. Christ calls the person by name and says: "Come, follow me." This call, this mysterious inner voice of Christ, is heard most clearly in silence and prayer. Its acceptance is an act of faith.
(Blessed John Paul II, Homily, February 10, 1986)
Do you have any quotations or reflections on being single you'd like to share?
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