"I have found it impossible to track down the origins of this vocation. It was an unknown category for most of Church history. There have always been Catholics who do not take vows of either kind, …More
"I have found it impossible to track down the origins of this vocation. It was an unknown category for most of Church history. There have always been Catholics who do not take vows of either kind, but nobody in the institutional Church would have considered their situation a calling from God. Now, the 'vocation to the single life' is plastered on many diocesan websites, promoted in vocation talks, and offered as a consolation prize to unwilling singles.
"The expedient elevation of single life to an institutional vocational option, equal to the traditional vocations of marriage and religious life, is only furthering the vocations crisis. And it does a disservice to Catholics discerning their life’s vocation.
"Catholic vocations include permanent vows and the witness of the Church. The calling of God is answered, publicly and irrevocably, with a commitment that accords with its solemnity.
"The single life, on the other hand, is by nature unstructured and individualistic. The only rules …More
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There Is No Vocation to the 'Single Life'

The word “vocation” has been diluted. Before the sixteenth century, “vocation” had an exclusively sacramental sense. But, as Max Weber points out in …
F M Shyanguya
Well done!
CCC 383
F M Shyanguya
Simple experiment. Go to say a deserted parking lot. Park anywhere and observe where subsequent cars will park.

People are social.
F M Shyanguya
CCC 1658: Single persons

Inviting all to search CCC for celibacy and virginity/continency for the sake of the kingdom.
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F M Shyanguya
Summary

1) ALL are called to communion that will reach definitive fulfillment in heaven.

- I wouldn’t worry too much if one were to miss ‘the one’ on earth. God will more than make it up for you. And that is forever.

- This is frustrated in hell.


2) Most are called to this communion in human love in marriage.

3) Some are called to renounce 2) for the sake of the kingdom. A higher calling …More
Summary

1) ALL are called to communion that will reach definitive fulfillment in heaven.

- I wouldn’t worry too much if one were to miss ‘the one’ on earth. God will more than make it up for you. And that is forever.

- This is frustrated in hell.


2) Most are called to this communion in human love in marriage.

3) Some are called to renounce 2) for the sake of the kingdom. A higher calling than 2).

4) There is no call - has never been - to renouncing 2) for single life [doesn’t make sense, does it, called to single life from single life?!]. I believe this is the point of the article.
Hugh N. Cry
I recall this when I was in the seminary and assisting RCIA back in 80s. A woman was claiming the Church needed to recognize single life as a vocation. Funny thing, I learned she got married a couple years later. Maybe it’s more like a “transitional vocation.”