Profiles in the Gap
Dan Smyth lives in Rockville, MD. He is co-founder and editor of LibertyBlog.org.
I try to see life in terms of its blessings, and singleness can be a blessing. I like Dictionary.com’s definition of “blessing” as “a gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.”
Singleness as a young adult has given me time to grow spiritually and personally. For one, since my early twenties I’ve made strides in trying to love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. My spiritual director, who has instructed me since earlier this year, has helped me improve my prayer life.
Also, when I moved to the DC area in 2008 after graduate school in Baltimore, I made the best Catholic friends I’ve ever had. Several of us started the Bethesda Young Adult Ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes, which continues today. I’ve also helped lead the St. Lawrence Society, a prayer group for Catholic men that meets monthly and cosponsors such larger events as the 2014 Epiphany Party for Catholic Young Adults.
Other blessings I have as a single Catholic in DC include the following:
- Volunteer opportunities at A Simple House of Sts. Francis & Alphonsus, a “Catholic lay missionary organization that serves the poorest neighborhoods of our nation’s capital”
- Opportunities to church hop throughout Maryland and DC
- Chances to visit my friends in Virginia, including at the St. Mary’s and St. Rita’s Annual Candlemas Ball
Of course, if one’s vocation is marriage, then meeting the right person could be a bigger blessing than singleness. However, as blessings are God’s gifts, one can’t expect to receive a blessing. This Christmas, just try telling family members that you expect certain gifts and, if you don’t get them, you’ll be upset.
I’d like to meet Miss Right, as it’d be a blessing. Can I get an Amen?