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We live in a mobile, connected and fast-paced world. Through social networking tools (and dating websites like CatholicMatch), we can interact with people from other cultures with only a few clicks. But by filing onto a plane and landing in a new city or country, you personally experience life through the lens of a traveler – open-minded and innately curious.

Travel opportunities are endless, and singles, especially, have a unique opportunity to experience new cultures firsthand.

The U.N.’s World Trade Organization estimates that 1 billion people will travel internationally for the first time this year, representing a 4 percent increase from last year. We’re becoming more mobile, and it’s likely that singles are playing a part in that movement.

There are many challenges to singlehood, but there are also many benefits. Hoping to catch a last minute travel deal? No need to clear the plan with a spouse or feel guilty for shelling out a few hundred books. Want to use two weeks of vacation to backpack through Europe? Have your neighbor pick up your mail, and you’re good to go.

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While many friendships and family relationships take a back-seat to marriages, singles can devote time to nurturing these important relationships during an impromptu road trip or relaxing at a tropical location. You truly get to know someone when you take them out of their familiar surroundings, and many times, singles have the flexibility to connect with friends and family in a whole new way while traveling.

Though most of us would likely trade the opportunity to take advantage of a 24-hour fare sale for a loving marriage and growing family, there’s nothing wrong with embracing the here and now, while hoping for the future. Many former CatholicMatch members like Stephanie Wood Weinert have urged current members to embrace their current relationship status while still searching for Mr. or Mrs. Right:

“I regret the huge amount of time and emotional energy I spent worrying about my future,” Weinert wrote in a blog post. “If I could go back, I’d do my best to utilize the awesome years of being single with a better attitude and more trust in God to take care of me.”

CatholicMatch contributor Mark Shea offered similar advice in a recent post, telling singles: “Take that time that seems to be wasted on not getting the thing you want, take it as a feature and not a bug. Use it for cultivating.”

So embark on a spontaneous road trip with an old friend. Plan a pilgrimage to your ancestor’s home country. Set off on that weekend getaway you’ve always talked about. Watch 4th of July fireworks in a different time zone. Explore the Rocky Mountains with fellow CatholicMatchers over Labor Day weekend. View singlehood as your passport to new experiences and relish in this unique opportunity to gather as many stamps as you can.

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7 Comments

  1. Maria-61128 June 30, 2012

    i am enjoying my single life and yes i also looking and praying for a soul-mate…the better half….and have faith, surrender into God’s hand…His plans are the best!

  2. Dominic-864113 July 1, 2012

    dont be timid to message someone. I paid for this might stay to December or maybe August
    or October but I paid for this like I said and I want The Homan Bunch so where is a woman
    that wants to marry! I want to be President of USA someday and every President has had a woman. I dont want to travel or tour no

  3. Anne-702606 July 2, 2012

    Interesting story, but lets go back to the Holy Bible Genesis God created Adam and later found Adam needed a helper and so He created Eve. As much as we single ladies or men could be free and enjoying we truly and honestly need the other partner to share with the joy and who will be at our side in good or bad times. In Ecclesiastes Chapter 4: verse 9 – 12. Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone?…………….. God is love and God wants His children to be happy and love each other. I have been alone for 14 years up to date and i have full experience of being married and being a widow. We surely and honestly need the opposite partner to love, share, support each other and to be happy. That is my view.

    God bless you.

    Anne
    From Kenya

  4. Zhi-16063 July 2, 2012

    I will add I believe the most beautiful of travels is not about kilometres. It is about inside… trying to know the other inside.. this makes us to go out of our inside.

    « The real voyage of discovery consist not in seeking new landscapes
    but in having new eyes » Marcel.PROUST

    « Why do we travel ? To meet people
    who do not think that they know us once and for all » Max FRISCH
    “Happiness is not a state to arrive at,
    but a manner of travelling” Margaret LEE RUNBECK

  5. Brenda-74660 July 5, 2012

    This week of traveling has been such a blessed one. My Niece & I set out from Oklahoma Friday afternoon & have visited Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & now Georgia. The journey has been more about seeing & enjoying the sites than getting where we were going. We enjoyed good food, nice places to stay & the Church service Sunday morning at St George’s in Baton Rouge was such a nice service. When we set out on our journey I really wanted to see a beautiful Cathedral, but I had not really researched much before we set out so when it came time to attend mass I chose a church based on what time services were offered. While St George’s architecture was more modern than I had initially hoped for the message I heard that morning was one that touched my heart so I think we were successful in finding the church we needed that morning. This trip has inspired me to plan others in the near future.

  6. Leslie-398766 July 8, 2012

    I love to travel, had done a lot with my first husband. But now money is somewhat of a problem. Still hoping, though.

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