A Frank discussion on consecrated celibacy and heterosexual friendship. Celibacy no more defined as a state of renunciation; emotionality, not a discredit. Biblical ideal of love, contemporary philosophy and psychology strip the concept off its traditional narrowness and greyed rigidity. The glory of God is man fully alive. God is love. Love is the font of life. A celibate is called to master the art of loving. Love, care, concern, sympathy,… warmth of friendship-our world is a place of ecstasy. The basic need for love relationships in the life of a celibate often gets strangulated silently within, causing damage to one's personality as well as mission.
||Fr Felix Podimattam OFM Cap,