I was made to love
celibately. I was made
to be in relationship as
a celibate lover with the
world that God created.
David and me, although the immediate situation was. The question
was basically about me, about the
manner in which I wanted to be in
relationship . . . with everyone and
everything. The question wasn’t
about whether I should withdraw
from my formation process and
pursue a relationship with David or
with anyone else; it was about how
I was made to love and how I loved
I knew then that I would renew
my vows. I knew then what I had
known somewhere in the deepest
part of myself all along: that I was
made to love celibately. I was made
to be in relationship as a celibate
lover with the world that God created. I don’t know why I was made
that way, but I do know that I was.
I saw David one more time after
I renewed my vows, but later I had
to tell him that I just couldn’t do it
anymore. I just couldn’t live wholeheartedly the life that was mine and
keep wondering how to build this
other relationship. I cried. He cried.
But in the end he respected and
honored my decision. We parted as
friends with the promise to stay in
touch. Our efforts faded away after a
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