NEWS PROVIDED BYSophia Institute Press
Jan. 7, 2020
BOSTON, Jan. 7, 2020 /Christian Newswire
/ -- There are more single people living in the United States now than ever before, according to a 2017 report from the (U.S. census
). What is the typical experience of those choosing to live out an intentional single vocation? Does the unmarried, unconsecrated path tend to lead to fulfillment...or loneliness? What are the keys to obtaining peace in the single state of life?
A new book in stores now from Sophia Press, "Single for a Greater Purpose," takes an in-depth look at the dedicated single vocation. Author Luanne Zurlo, herself a dedicated single, sheds light on this little-understood vocation, discerned and embraced by a growing number of single persons who are neither marrying nor entering religious life.
"A married person gives his heart to his spouse, while priests and religious give their hearts to Christ," explains Zurlo. "For single people, it can be quite easy to lack peace. But in my experience and that of many others, a profound sense of peace came once I gave my heart to Christ."
Zurlo refers to the dedicated single life as the "Martha and Mary" vocation because it combines both the active and contemplative life. "Dedicated single people have much more time for consecrating their work and cultivating contemplative prayer lives, which together make the vocation fruitful."
"Single for a Greater Purpose" has earned high praise from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, George Weigel, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Fr. Paul Murray O.P, and other leaders for its informative and insightful exploration of this unique vocation.
The vocation, which in most cases develops over time, is enriching lives and filling both the Church and the world with special graces that God provides souls who deliberately remain single for Him — in the world but not of it.
"In the face of mounting challenges in our world and our Church," says Zurlo, "God is calling for an army of dedicated singles — lay men and women – for His Kingdom, to be nourished from within and empowered in a special way by an authentic, personal encounter with Him alone."
SOURCE Sophia Institute Press
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