So beautifull, beautifull, I can only hope when I get married to the Church (will hopefully be ordained in about seven years) that I am as happy as these Brides of Christ were last week.
Beautiful photos The Kansas Catholic has 4 links posted.
Sr. Gemma and Sr. Misericordia!!! I was thinking of them this weekend! Finally, solemn vows!
Shows how celibate love is far superior than the other kind. ( At the risk of being presumptious, I'm gonna hijack this photo for a post about spiritual romance. )
I can't agree with you more Rick, Celibate Love is way better than the other kind, my Chaste Love of Our Lady, St. Philomena and Margaret Mary Alacoque is how I ended up wanting to be a Priest, (at risk of sound like I'm fishing for prayers please pray for my vocation.)
You got my prayers. It is a gift - celibate love. May the Lord bless you with it and may you respond with loving fidelity all your life.
These are beautiful pictures, and I support the religious life. But I disagree that celibate love is "better" than human physical love within marriage. They're both consummations and representations of Christ's love for his church.
Rick & JamadCath- I agree w/ Patm on this issue; I think you guys are in error here. Celibacy is often conflated or confused with chastity, but they are not the same thing. The primary definition of celibacy is "to remain single, not to marry". It has acquired a secondary meaning or connotation of "absence of sexual desire or activity", but that is really the primary definition of chastity. All baptized Christians are called to lifelong chastity, appropriate to their state in life, but relatively few are called to vowed celibacy. Chastity is a virtue and a grace and an evangelical counsel, available to all and to be practiced by all, whereas celibacy is a gift and a vocation, and an understandably rare one. The idea that vowed celibacy is a "higher" calling than the married or single life, and/or that celibate love is the "most exalted form of love" is an old, recurring theme in the Church, but does not have a sound basis in Scripture, doctrine or dogma. The unjustified exaltation of the celibate state can lead to unhealthy denogration of the lay states, and to clericalism. In short, the state of religious celibacy is not substantially "better" than the married or single states, just a different and much rarer vocation.I believe this is correct; if I am in error, in your charity please instruct me. P&B.
Oops- that's "denigration"... no spell-check function in Blogger, that I know of ... Peace and Good.
Paxetbonum /patmI'm afraid that you are in error, Paul talks about the superiority of the celibate life in 1st Corinthians 7, Our Lord talks about it in Mathew. Now to quote St. John Chrysostom "he who denigrates Marriage denigrates Virginity", it is also Church Dogma teaching that Virginity is superior to Marriage. Personally I can say that it brings greater intimacy with God and the Saints.Now as I commented on Ricks blog celibicy doens't automaticall produce the Cure of Ars or Mother Angelica St Teresa of Jesus was a lukewarm Nun for many years and St. Peter deserted Christ less than a day after being ordained.Also by the way these Brides of Christ and Myself (if ordained) will be judged more severely by God for having taken our vows.
JamadCath- Thanks, I will adjust my thinking on the subject and consult my spiritual advisor about it. I am not a trained theologian, and frankly not much of a Scripture scholar either (outside of Lectio Divina, but reading the Office is not scholarship- ;>)). Just wondering though, do you agree with my definitional distinction between celibacy and chastity?May the Lord bless you richly in your discenment. P&B.
Don't worry P&B I had major issues with this as well, but I lived with the tension, asked the questions, went deeper into the mystery of Celibate Love and finally ended up Loving God and his Holy Church more deeply, so deeply infact that I hope to marry her one day. Of course it didn't help that I was running from my vocation :)Because we are all collectively the Bride of Christ we all be wed to God at the end of time, and whilst Catholic Marriage being a sign of the Love of God's love for the Church is Holy, but it will pass away, Priests and Religious simply skip the sign and move directly to the reality of Total union with God in this life. Hope this helps
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