When I was a sophomore in college, a priest friend of mine whom I had not seen for some time asked me if I had fallen in love. Since I was not dating at the time, I was a bit shocked at his question. Later, I realized what he saw was the glow and overflow of the deep love of Jesus that the Holy Spirit had enkindled within my soul. Yes, I was in love with God. That semester, for the first time in my life I began to secretly question, "Could God really be calling me to religious life?"
A celibate does not give up loving, but sacrifices the beauty of a human spouse and children for the love of God, His Church, and all people. Celibacy allows God's purifying love to transform one's own love from all selfishness and attachment. "Christ gives a person two basic certainties; the certainty of being infinitely loved and the certainty of being capable of loving without limits." (Fraternal Life in Community, #22)
Celibacy is a single-hearted self-donation, resulting in a deep intimate relationship with Jesus, as Spouse and friend. The union of a soul with God far surpasses the union of two humans. It is a love of a totally different realm and reality. Celibacy is a call, a gift, and a life of following in the very footsteps of Jesus himself, who freely chose to live single-heartedly for His Father and the Kingdom.
These are some helps suggested by Sacred Scripture and Tradition to stay pure in mind and body ÷ mortification and custody of the senses, rejection of whatever endangers chastity, a healthy mind and body, the support of other committed Christians, and Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Lord's words to His first disciples hold true for us, for in giving up our own homes, husbands, wives, and children, we receive one-hundredfold through our lives of service to His people. (cf. Lk. 18:29) Celibacy is a sacrifice, but a small one when God's love captures our hearts. It is true that we can never "out-give" our God who did not spare His only Son for us. (cf. Jn. 3:16)