Are you tired of the search for your spouse or vocation? Perhaps you’re losing hope you’ll find “the one?” Maybe it’s time to re-dedicate yourself and your search to God.
Feb. 2 marked the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, when as a child, Our Lord was dedicated to His vocation. The Catholic Church also celebrated the 15th World Day of Consecrated Life on that day. This is a day celebrating the men and women of the church who are an expression of hope and trust in the Lord, an example for all Catholics.
In his homily for the celebration, Pope Benedict pointed out that the dedication of Our Lord is:
an eloquent symbol of complete donation of life, for all those men and women who are called to reproduce, in the church and the world, via the evangelical counsels, the characteristic features of Jesus: chastity, poverty and obedience.
After analyzing the various ways the scene of the Presentation illuminates the consecrated life, Benedict reminded consecrated men and women to listen carefully to the Word of God, bringing it’s wisdom to life in their actions through radical Christian express.
He concluded with a message to all:
“The situation in which we live today, especially in the more developed societies, is often marked by a radical plurality, by a progressive marginalisation of religion from the public sphere, by a relativism which extends to fundamental values.
“This means that our Christian witness must always be luminous and coherent and our educational efforts attentive and generous,” the Holy Father added.
While the pope is not speaking to singles, his message is one that can be fruitful to singles, who are in a unique time dedicated to growth and reflection. It is consecrated time in a way, a time during which singles can be radical expression of what it means to wait on the Lord.
Just as those in consecrated life are called to be completely trusting of God, so should those in the single life, especially in their search for a spouse.