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Virginity: A Positive Approach to Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom of Heaven
This book is about virginity and celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven, not only for those taking lifelong vows, but for those who have not yet made definitive decisions in regard to life vocations and who need divine guidance to make those decisions.
Paperback, 110 pages
Published September 18th 1995 by Alba House
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I am a bit biased towards Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa (who is the Preacher to the Papal Household) because I enjoy reading his spiritual reflections. This small book (which I read in 2 days) is split into two parts. One part gives the theological support for a life of virginity or celibacy for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, and the second part focuses on how that life can be lived out. I particularly like the second part better. Fr. Cantalamessa is able to give practical considerations for thos ...more
"Yes, Lord, here I am!" Then comes the time of solitude of the heart, of weariness, of crisis, when in order to maintain that "Yes", one has to die." If you study Theology of the Body, this is a great extra reading to have and keep in mind. Fr. Cantalamessa does an splendid job here, presenting an apology of the Virginity and why is not only linked to single and celibate people, but it should be born in the heart of every one. This teaching is something missing in present Cathequesis, at least i ...more
Father Raniero Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin Catholic Priest. Born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, 22 July 1934, ordained priest in 1958. Divinity Doctor (Fribourg 1962) and Doctor in classical literature (Milan 1966). Former Ordinary Professor of History of Ancient Christianity and Director of the Department of Religious Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan. Member of the International T ...moreMore about Raniero Cantalamessa...
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“If Jesus were to ask me, as He did that poor demoniac in the Gospel: "What is your name?" I too would have to reply: "My name is legion, for there are many of us" (Mk 5:9). There are as many of us as there are desires, plans and regrets which we harbor, each one different from and contrary to others which pull us in opposite directions. They literally dis-tract us, drag us apart.”
“In any love-story there are usually two stages or phases. There is the initial stage, where love is expressed by the giving of gifts, especially the gift of self. Then there comes a time when it is no longer enough to give gifts to the beloved, but one has to be ready to suffer for her or for him. Only then can it be seen whether the love is real. In the story of a vocation to consecrated virginity there are also usually two stages. There is the initial stage of the vocation, when, spurred on by grace and attracted by the ideal, one joyfully and enthusiastically says, "Yes, Lord, here I am!" Then comes the time of solitude of heart, of weariness, of crisis, when, in order to maintain that "Yes," one has to die”More quotes…