live as a sister, brother, or priest. We
try to develop the relationship within
the limits and responsibilities of our
commitment to celibacy.
Obviously falling in love can
be a very difficult situation for a
sister, priest, or brother. Yet we
know that all Christians eventually
face pain and difficulty in their lives.
It isn’t always easy to be a faithful
spouse or a single person of integrity
either. Dealing with such a challenge
can make us stronger than ever in
14. Do you have to be a virgin to
be a brother, sister, or priest?
Past sexual activity does not in itself
prevent someone from becoming a
brother, sister, or priest. A person’s
past life is not the main concern. If
it were, men and women who were
once married could not become
priests, brothers, or sisters (and
they do). The question is whether
a person is willing and able to now
live and love as a celibate in the
service of others. Some of the great
saints—Saint Augustine and Saint
Francis of Assisi for example—
made other choices before turning
to religious life.
12. Are you ever attracted
to others in a romantic way?
Of course! We still experience
13. What if you fall in love?
normal human needs, feelings, and
desires. As celibate people we choose
to channel these feelings—our
sexual energies—into other healthy
directions. We work at remain-
ing faithful to our vow of celibacy
through prayer, closeness to Jesus,
good friendships, and healthy physi-
It does happen. The basic respon-
sibility in such a situation is to
preserve the original, existing com-
mitment we’ve made—which is to
We still experience
normal human needs,
feelings, and desires.
As celibate people we
choose to channel these
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