You don’t have to live in Rome to know that Pope Francis often sets the Catholic world on fire with his insightful (and controversial!) quotes.
Many things that Pope Francis has shared during his papacy are applicable to our life as Catholic Singles. Even his advice for husbands and wives can be applied to single Catholic men and women as they prepare for the vocation of marriage.
Pope Francis also has a great sense of humor. Here are some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis that apply to single Catholic men and women striving for holiness.
“If we think about husband and wife, dream about the good qualities that they have. Don’t ever lose the illusion of when you were still boyfriend and girlfriend.”
If you’re dating a Catholic man or woman, take time to notice the good qualities that the other person has. Is she generous and kind? Share with her the endearing qualities that you notice. Was he creative when he planned a date? Tell him that you appreciate his intentionality!
Take time to take note of the character traits of the person you’re getting to know that you appreciate. We are all children of God, blessed with different gifts, different virtues, and many different beautiful qualities.
But it’s also important to notice your own strengths and gifts as a single Catholic man or woman. You need to encourage yourself sometimes, too. Remember, you’re made in the image of likeness of God. You, too, are of infinite value, precious to God, with many, many good qualities.
“All families need God. Every single one. We need His help, His strength, His blessing.”
We need God’s help every day as single Catholic men and women striving for holiness. We need his help in discernment and becoming holier. We need God’s strength in our work, in our relationships, and in our service.
“Praying the Rosary together as a family. It’s very beautiful and it gives us strength.”
The Rosary is such a beautiful prayer. Padre Pio always remarked that the Rosary is the weapon. As Catholic singles, it’s a great goal to aim to say part of the Rosary each day. You can pray it in the car on the way to work.
I once knew one couple who would stop at the Adoration Chapel at the nearby church and pray part of the Rosary together before the date began. This prayer together strengthened their relationship!
“It is so important to listen. Husbands and wives need to communicate to bring happiness and serenity to family life.”
Your time as a single Catholic man or woman is a great time to work on improving communication skills. If you’ve taken the time to put together dating profiles on Catholic dating apps, why not consider taking a communication class or going for some faith-based counseling to improve your communication skills? Both men and women need to work at their communication skills to build a great marriage.
“Mary, Our Mother, sustain us in moments of darkness, difficulty and apparent defeat.”
When I attended World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain in 2011, the theme song for that year talked about the young people taking Our Lady as friend and companion along the journey of life. Our Lady is always there for single Catholic men and women!
“Have the courage to be truly happy.”
Let’s aim to be happy! Even with the difficulties that life can sometimes bring our way. Life is a gift. If we are happy, we will attract others to Christ through our joy.
Pope Francis also says, “And here the first word that I wish to say to: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but of having encountered a person: Jesus, in our midst.”
“Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things.”
We can use this season of singleness to develop our talents for the glory of God. You may have to take more classes or spend hours practicing your craft!
“Please”, “thank you”, and “sorry” are “words that open up the road to a good family life.”
At the heart of Pope Saint John Paul II’s papacy and Theology of the Body is the concept of viewing the dignity of men and the dignity of women as person rather than as object.
It may sound overly simplistic to point to proper manners as the first step in recognizing each other as human beings and recognizing the human dignity that each of us brings, but the fact is, proper manners grow from a proper sense of humility.
Let’s continue to be polite, gracious, and forgiving to those around us. This will prepare us for a good family life. Let’s ask God to help us grow in these areas.
“My dear young people, the Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you!”
Single Catholic men and women are the hope and future of the Catholic church. While we may look to our priests, bishops, and the pope himself for leadership, the hope of the church and the souls in her care rests on young people stepping up in leadership through evangelization, but also through being examples of holy lives.
Use your enthusiasm and creativity for the Church. You can think of creative ways to evangelize. You can make music or art. You can serve the less fortunate. You can teach CCD to small children. The list is endless. Each of you has gifts and talents you can use in the Church.
“I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young.”
Take it from Pope Francis. Use this season of singleness to learn how to dance. Dancing is so great for men and women alike!
Learn how to dance! Swing, ballroom, waltz, the fox trot, salsa—the list of dance types is endless. You will have a lot of fun learning how to dance and you might find a spouse this way as well.
Bonus Quote: “I think we too are the people who, on the one hand, want to listen to Jesus, but on the other hand, at times, like to find a stick to beat others with, to condemn others. And Jesus has this message for us: mercy. I think — and I say it with humility — that this is the Lord’s most powerful message: mercy.”
Mercy, forgiveness, and understanding is essential for any relationship. A healthy relationship should allow each member of the relationship to be vulnerable to each other and with each other, but if you are constantly afraid of being condemned, it’s difficult to open yourself up to another person.
In your relationships, remember mercy. You’ll appreciate the mercy that comes back towards you.
Another bonus quote: “Life is often a desert, it is difficult to walk, but if we trust in God, it can become beautiful and wide as a highway. Never lose hope; continue to believe, always, in spite of everything. Hope opens new horizons, making us capable of dreaming what is not even imaginable.”
The first line of this Pope Francis quote strikes clear to the heart: “Life is often a desert, it is difficult to walk”.
But we must look at the second part: “Never lose hope”. God is a good Father who loves us dearly. He wants us to hope in him and trust in him.
Think about the story from the Gospel of Luke where a blind man called out for mercy despite the disciples rebuking him and telling him to be quiet. This blind man hoped in the mercy of Christ to the point of being rebuked, yet God heard him.
Or we can look at the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed. The smallest amount of faith and hope leads to bigger things.
Let’s have hope, continue to believe, in spite of everything.
There are many memorable Pope Francis quotes. While we may think of Pope Francis focusing on themes of mercy, the Holy Spirit, or how to be holy and seek the common good (among other more controversial quotes), he has spoken at length on the dignity of men and women and how we should treat each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
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