Desert Times & Solidarity For Single Catholics


Lonely singles: Reflect on God's nearness this Lent.

As a single person, it’s natural to do many things alone. We go about our daily lives in sync with own schedules – from grocery shopping to family functions to Sunday Mass.

In addition to these everyday events, it’s the quiet weeknights in the apartment, the solo road trips and the wedding invites for one that remind us that it’s just us against the world. It can be encouraging to know you are fostering your independence and developing the skills and traits that will benefit your future relationships and ultimate marriage.

But let’s face it, being single is lonely.

Tomorrow we embark on the season of Lent. We have 40 days to not only strengthen our relationship with Christ our Savior but also to strengthen our belief in the promise that God will provide the very person we each long for. It can be a lonely journey, but Lent offers us the chance to rededicate ourselves to the call God has on all of our hearts. We may not understand His timing or His purpose, but we can learn to trust in the path He has laid before us.

God promises to walk the difficult path of single life beside us. He holds our hand as we face each day, each task and each event. As ashes are placed on your forehead, find renewed hope and peace in your call from God, whatever that may be.

Jesus roamed the desert for 40 days, questioning His purpose and the extraordinary mark He was to leave on humankind, but He emerged stronger, despite the temptation to abandon the call God has set on his life.

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew.

Single Catholics, we are never alone.






11 Comments

  1. I live out in the middle of the desert “in no man’s land” and this lifestyle each and everyday has broght me to a better understanding of where I am to be. I have commenced my lenten season with a thoughtful confession that “hurt” as it was so honest. I will try to continue to cleanse both my spirit, mind and body on this journey towards purification. God bless.

  2. Paul-58566 March 10, 2011

    Also Hosea 2:16, “I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.”

  3. This is a beautiful article. Wonderfully written.

  4. Guy-470484 March 22, 2011

    As a unwillingly divorced man after 27 years of marriage, these thoughts about being single are even more poignant. Never alone, but always lonely. In search of love, but always loved. Feeling weaker, but emerging stronger. In most every desert, there is an oasis — and God is there.

  5. Love the article. Though we think that we are walking alone, the Lord is always besides us. During this Lent Season, we all may grow closer to Jesus by taking time to pray and reflect on all of his goodness and blessings, which we receive throughout the year. Remember, as Jesus told the blind men, which He healed- Let it be done for you according to your Faith. David

  6. Paul-663898 March 26, 2011

    I always feel most loneliest when I’m around people. Sounds strange, I know. I love being single. Just me and the winds.

  7. Arlene T. March 27, 2011

    IT IS HARD AFTER 39YRS OF MARRIAGE TO HAVE YOUR HUSBAND DIE BUT YOU TRY AND SAY YOU HAVE HAD A GOOD MARRIAGE WITH ITS UPS AND DOWNS AND THREE WONDERFUL DAUGHTERS AND GRANDCHILDREN. IT IS LONELY AT TIMES BUT WITH PRAYER YOU LEARN TO LIVE WITH WHAT YOU CANNOT CHANGE AND IF YOU MEET SOMEONE WHO SHARES YOUR HOPES,DREAMS,&CATHOLICE TEACHINGS YOU HAVE A GOOD MATCH.”HE HAS TO BE A GOOD COOK” HE HAS TO HAVE SOME HUMOR.

  8. its so wonderful to have a catholic singles solidality. I am very impressed by this

  9. So very true.. I liked

  10. I feel like I am in the middle of the desert, but I think this is a true test of faith. If I wait very patiently just listen like what God told Jesus to do, he will be here with me every step of the way. Even now being a single mom with a special needs child. God gave me this child because he knew that I would be patient and loving with them. One day I hope and pray God will help me find someone who will be able to do the same with me and for the both of us. Amen.

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