Ruth Dowling made a commitment to celibacy when she was 24 and is now 53. She lives at ‘Spreading Flame,’ a Jesus Fellowship community house in London. For the last twenty five years Ruth has suffered from ME and has been unable to work for most of the time. However, she has fulfilled a somewhat hidden but vital ministry of prayer, befriending and encouragement. Let God choose …
Here are some of her thoughts:
“The fruit of a commitment to celibacy must be a flexible, outpoured life – let God choose what that means. As GD Watson writes: “It is a flexible spirit with no plans of its own” (The Inner Spirit of the Cross).
“It isn’t a good idea to become celibate only in order to fulfil a specific ministry because your ministry may well change with time.
“Most importantly, celibacy is about loving, about being devoted to the Lord and the brethren and those we seek to serve.”