Living Celibacy presents five pathways, active practices that promote the psychosexual health of Catholic priests; together they represent a range of experiential dimensions to living celibacy that can help priests and their publics access the shared and distinctive stories of priests living celibacy and also assess their wellbeing.
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Fr. Manuel's lived experience as a Catholic priest, and his background as a Clinical Psychologist, give this book a depth and authenticity that is refreshingly honest and open for such a difficult topic. It helps that he illustrates his points with concrete stories from priests and religious men and women who have also lived, and are living, this reality. This book also has much to say to those of us who are not celibate about love, sexuality and commitment. I believe anyone can benefit from its wisdom about human relationships in general, as well as what it says about our own intimate committed relationships. Well written and worth reading!
Fr. Manuel writes a book on a difficult subject and treats priests (and others) as real people, human beings! I like his many examples and stories, and how he treats celibacy as a choice to be lived out of human daily living. Men and women of all types, faiths and lifestyles choose to be celibate. To live this in a healthy, human way takes smarts as much as faith. This is a book that stresses both in a way that brings them into an integral blend of good human living.
I read a review about this book and bought it for a priest friend. I felt awkward giving it to him and then started reading it myself. How refreshing, it's not about all the bla, bla, bla, "church teaching" but about a more human and practical approach to a subject I never really understood. There are a lot of truths in this book that I've brought to my own life and have shared with my husband. A wonderful book and resource for those who long to find happiness as we delve deeper into our own faith story. I finally gave my priest friend the book and he said it's helped him with new found hope and renewal that so often the church hasn't a clue. I want to go back and read some of it again.
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