relationship with everyone else in
my life. I love fiercely. I am madly
in love with Christ, but I also love
like crazy my sisters in community,
my friends, and my family. And yes,
sometimes I am attracted to some-
one. Sometimes I find myself riding
that wave of emotion on the inside
and choosing appropriate boundaries
on the outside. Like anyone already
in a committed relationship, I can
balance between choosing constancy
to my commitment while honoring
my own feelings. For sure, my celi-
bacy is steeped in a whole lot of love.
A sense of authenticity
Surprisingly, central to my love forChrist is love for myself. For manyyears, as I struggled with depression,I also doubted my own self-worth.
Self-hatred kept me in bondage.
Slowly my sisters and my familyloved me into life, and one day itall shifted. I stopped hating myselfand began the process of learning to
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life changed and caused me to lookat them in a new light. I made vowsfor a lifetime, but live them out dayby day. Consciously or not, everyday I choose to be a religious sister; Ichoose to be celibate.
For me celibacy is about rela-
tionship: my relationship with Christ
and consequently the shaping of my
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