Certainly these characteristics
are found wherever individuals,
regardless of their celibate or married status, endeavor to live lives of
integrity and genuine concern for
others. They remain, i believe, signs
that a publicly committed celibate
man or woman may indeed be the
recipient of what the church deems
the charism of celibacy.
Celibates ring true
Healthy, life-giving celibates like
Hufgard and Day, beyond their
noteworthy and exceptional ac-
exhibit a spirit of gratitude.
They sense the hidden
drama of grace
unfolding in both the
of life as well as the more
critical, life-shaping events
that mark our lives.
complishments, are perceived as
thoroughly real. Though no longer
among the living, they ring true.
Most believers, i suspect, know of
celibate men and women who have
touched their lives in meaningful
ways, sometimes in profound ways.
Wherever and whenever we encounter such individuals, the value and
blessing of celibacy is vindicated and
True celibates remind us of what
really matters, of what matters most
in life. They remind us of the mysterious ways of grace—that different
paths may be equally valid choices in
living out one’s fidelity to the gospel;
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that what appears to be unhealthy
self-abnegation in the eyes of many
might indeed be one’s liberating
truth. Healthy, charismatic celibates
will be some of the most spiritually
liberated people we will ever meet.
For these believers, celibacy is indeed freeing. =
This article is from pages 21-29 of
Freeing Celibacy by Father Donald
Cozzens © 2006 Liturgical Press;
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