Who said everyone HAS to get married?
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice. 1st line of the 1st chapter). Well that’s not necessarily true…
I was looking through some catholic blogs and I’ve notice that most of them talk about marriage or priesthood but very few (I didn’t find any, but I won’t dare to say none because internet is a world) talk about celibacy for the kingdom of God. Unless you’re talking about religious life as a nun or a friar people don’t think, speak, discuss or pray about living a life of Celibacy for God in the secular world.
What do I mean by that?
I mean not to get married to serve better the Lord outside the walls of a convent. We have in Shalom community some people, young and older, that made the choice of living in celibacy for the Kingdom of God without getting themselves excluded of this world. I think about Fabiano Landim a friend of mine who chose celibacy as his state of life to better serve the Lord, the Community and the Church. It gets better, he is in his 30’s, he is a lawyer and he loves surfing.
So normal people can choose celibacy as a state of life. I strongly believe that many young people didn’t make this choice yet because they don’t even know it exists. I mean why not chose celibacy as a form of serving the Lord at least for a year or two. I made vows of celibacy for 5 years (not continuously) I can tell it’s a great time for improving our relationship with God. Imagine what it makes in our hearts to have Him as our unique lover. That makes us focus on God. It is true that another person can bring us closer to God but it also true he/she can be a distraction…
So for a while or forever think, or, even better pray about celibacy.
I know I have more to say about people who choose celibacy and about my time as a celibate but for now the goal of this post is only to arise the subject.
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