And You Are Christ's: The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life

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Ignatius Press, 1987 - Religion - 149 pages
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 Father Thomas Dubay, one of the foremost authorities on the religious life, discusses one of the most important but not fully appreciated or understood charisms of the consecrated life, the charism of virginity. Although the idea of virginity is unpopular and even despised in modern society, Dubay emphasizes that the importance of evangelical virginity is rooted in its Biblical foundation, both in the Old and New Testaments.

Examining in detail what the call to virginity is and how it is integrated into the whole of consecrated life, Dubay presents his study in such a way as to be of importance to men as well. Noting that a woman, because of her feminine nature and traits, can image and live the Church's wedded relationship to Christ more realistically, Dubay points out that men with the celibate charism are also members of the virgin Church that is wedded to Christ, just as in the Old Testament the People of God was a virgin bride wedded to Yahweh. The common and distinct elements of male and female consecrated love are fully captured in these pages.

 

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Contents

Preface
Our Milieu
Presuppositions
What Is Gospel Virginity?
Understanding the Vocation
Permanent Fidelity
Virginity and Frugality
Virginal Human Love
An Integrated Lifestyle
Prayer Love
Virginity and Totality
Signs of the Vocation
Witness
Charism
Abbreviations Notes
Copyright

Who Is a Consecrated Woman?

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Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., is a retreat master and spiritual director for religious communities around the contry, as well as a highly regarded speaker at conferences and retreats for lay poeple in North America. He has hosted five different 13-part television series on the topics of spirituality and prayer, and is the best-selling author of such acclaimed spiritual works as Fire Within, Prayer Primer and Happy Are You Poor.

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