Is it accepted by the Church for a layperson to take a vow of celibacy?
I’m a 41-year-old bachelor whose always felt that the married life wasn’t my calling. I’ve felt a desire to do something special with my celibate practice, and would like to know if I can consecrate it to God? Permanately.
Are there any good books or papal writings that you can recommend to guide me and make a good decision?