Religious Life vs Marriage vs Single Life

11 Mar

There is something that I have realized through out my discernment for religious life, and even before then.  There is something that comes off as more complicated, more radical, more difficult to decided up, and what have you about looking into a religious life.  I am wondering if I could get your thoughts.

1 – What do you think sets apart each of these broader vocations?

2 – How come discerning religious life comes across a bigger deal than marriage or single life?

3 – What do you think of this train of though that can be commonly had?


Posted by on March 11, 2010 in Random Things


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3 responses to “Religious Life vs Marriage vs Single Life

  1. Betsy

    March 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I am just going to answer #2 for now, as I am short on time. I think that many people enter the married life or the single life without truly discerning. It is obvious that you will, by default, remain single until you decide to either get married or enter a religious order. I think many people who remain single for life do so because they were either “waiting for the right person to come along” to marry, or they never really discerned a religious vocation. I am not saying that there are not people who discern to be single; I just don’t think it is all that common within our society. I also think that many people get married without discerning because it is the most common thing to do in our society, so much so that it is an expectation for many people from an early age. I think the religious life is harder to discern because a) unlike the single life, it cannot happen by default, and b) it is not a very common thing to do in our society anymore.

  2. kkollwitz

    April 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Remember Jesus said that in heaven no-one is given in marriage, i.e., marriage is an earthly condition. While on earth most people access God by giving themselves to a spouse (and children), some others access God more directly by giving themselves directly to him by a spiritual marriage either to Christ or his Church; they anticipate life in heaven in this sense.

    Religious life comes across a bigger deal than marriage or single life mainly because we are created male & female, created to become one flesh. Yet Jesus and Paul point out in their comments on marriage that it can be good to give this up for the sake of the kingdom. Like much of what Jesus had to say it doesn’t make much sense in strictly earthly terms. The modern world, with its materialistic & sexually-obsessed outlook, will naturally view it with suspicion.

    It’s a good example of giving up a good thing to gain another good thing.

    • Ash

      April 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm

      I like how you responded. Thank you for those thoughts, if put into light another perspective to look at things. Sometimes stuff we realize is hard to notice, as we get wrapped up in other elements.


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