Single for a Greater Purpose

A Hidden Joy in the Catholic Church


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In these fascinating pages, author Luanne Zurlo shows that, contrary to popular opinion, single life is often a holy, joyful vocation lived out, sometimes in a hidden way, by souls who have had an authentic encounter with Christ.

Here she sheds light on this little-understood vocation discerned and embraced by a growing number of single persons who neither marry nor enter religious life.

These souls are joyfully single for a greater purpose, nourishing both the world and the Church with the unique spiritual strengths and graces that God gives to souls who deliberately remain single for Him — in the world but not of it.

Read these pages to learn:

  • Why dedicated single life is uniquely suited to our times
  • How it builds on our baptismal vocations
  • The special role that dedicated singles have in the Church
  • How the dedicated-single vocation complements marriage and religious life
  • How celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom yields a fruitful spousal relationship with Christ
  • How dedicated singles can follow the evangelical counsels of obedience and poverty without the structured life of a religious community
  • The vows that singles can take to dedicate themselves to such service of God within the world

In the face of mounting difficulties within our world and our Church, God is now calling for an army of dedicated singles — laymen for the Kingdom of God — nourished from within and empowered by an authentic, personal encounter with Him alone.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan photo

"Single for a Greater Purpose is a book that will surely aid the spirituality of those who read it."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Fr. Paul Murray, OP photo

"I can only guess at the number of dedicated singles who will find in these pages not only lively encouragement, but also a depth of insight and spiritual illumination they will find nowhere else."

Fr. Paul Murray, OP
Professor, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas
George  Weigel photo

"An important and quite beautiful exploration of an under-appreciated state of life, written by one who has lived the single vocation with grace and courage, to the benefit of both Church and society."

George Weigel
Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies
Kathryn Jean Lopez photo

"This book is critical. It also happens to be a rigorous, joyful labor of love, and a gift to us."

Kathryn Jean Lopez
Senior Fellow and Editor-at-Large, National Review
Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ photo

"Pondering these pages is sure to help a reader to be courageous in finding a way to answer the call by offering something beautiful to the Lord."

Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University
  • Pages: 208
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622826-568
  • Product Code: 6568
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2019
  • Categories: 5 and 10 Dollar Books, eBooks, New Releases, Spiritual Growth
Great book, but it's mainly directed to women (not men)
As someone who has been a single, Catholic, celibate for many years now, I was really looking forward to this book. It has some very great advice for single Catholics who have decided marriage is not their calling. However, this book is really aimed more towards women than it is men. If I had known that originally I might have searched for another book on this subject. That being said, if you are a single, Catholic woman who has decided on being a dedicated lifelong single than this book might be right up your alley.
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