December 7, 2015

WINNIPEG - Single people often forget to welcome their state as an opportunity to enjoy the present without worrying about the future. Being Single: The Catholic Version was meant to remind them of this.

The Archdiocese of St. Boniface organized its first evening of this sort a year ago. Fifty young adults attended, one of whom was Nicole Richard.

"It helped me understand that I have a career that I love, a great group of friends; so I don't have to worry!" said Richard.

"I trust that God will help me at each step of the way and I definitely don't have to find the answer all by myself."

The participants discussed in small groups on how to live a single life as a disciple of Christ.

"Consecrated celibacy can be a vocation, but as wonderful as that can be, if you don't feel called to this life, it's okay," she continued.

The event also highlighted the advantages of a period of singleness in life, the ability to go away, the opportunity to get to know yourself better, or the opportunity to take more time for you without having too many responsibilities.

Richard came to understand through her discussions with other singles that she has the right to choose where she would serve and to say no to some requests for help, "even if technically I do have the time to do it," she said.

"Because we are single, we are very often asked to participate in all kinds of committees and groups. If we never say no, we'll burn out easily. We have the right to take time for ourselves to pray and relax."

"I had the grace to understand that the best way for me to discover my vocation was to concentrate on getting to know Jesus," she said. "He knows what will make me whole."