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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.

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 "š€š" 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


"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

"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

"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

"The universal call to holiness is a call intended for each one of us. Even to begin answering a call, one must first hear it. Pondering these pages is sure to help a reader to listen better, and to be courageous in finding a way to answer the call by offering something beautiful to the Lord."
Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.
Fordham University, Bronx NY

"Embracing St Paul s confident hope that in everything God works for the good with those who love him, Luanne Zurlo marks a path for men and women who, for whatever reason, find themselves single but with full hearts for Christ."
Fr. Paul N. Check
Rector, St John Fisher Seminary,Diocese of Bridgeport.

"This book is critical. It also happens to be a rigorous, joyful labor of love, and a gift to us. Read it. Pray about it. Discuss it. Guided by it, start looking around and rethinking assumptions and routines. When we pray for vocations and discernment about God s will for a soul, let s be open to the proposal Luanne Zurlo puts forward here God has put it on her heart for times such as these. Thanks be to God for her hidden joy, and the door she is opening in the Church and the world with this book."
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Senior Fellow, National Review Institute & editor-at-large at National Review

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