Sexuality of Gift.

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“The understanding of the spousal meaning of the body in it's masculinity and femininity reveals the innermost point of their freedom, which is the freedom of the gift. In this communion of persons, the whole depth of the original solitude of man is perfectly ensured and, at the same time, this solitude is permeated and enlarged in a marvelous way by the gift of the other."

-Saint Pope John Paul II

There is perhaps no more contested or confused a cultural debate than that which now rages over the question of sexuality. The divided lines of a hostile political landscape are drawn, in large part, between two kinds of responses to the ongoing Sexual Revolution--one of near limitless affirmation, the other of embattled rejection. Amid this culture-war, thoughtful Christians of conscience often find the complexity and reasons for their convictions largely unrepresented in the hollow battle cries of the mainstream debate. The Church is in desperate need of careful and serious meditation on, both, the demands of love in Christian witness and the demands of fidelity and purity in a distinctively Christian sexual ethic.

This series will explore the sexuality of gift.

 

 

[poetry here]

Romance on the Gospel Text IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM, REGARDING THE BLESSED TRINITY

As the lover in the beloved
each lived in the other,
and the Love that unites them
is one with them,
their equal, excellent as
the One and the Other:
Three Persons, and one Beloved
among all three.
One love in them all
makes of them one Lover,
and the Lover is the Beloved
in whom each one lives.
For the being that the three possess
each of them possesses,
and each of them loves
him who bears this being.
Each one is this being,
which alone unites them,
binding them deeply,
one beyond words.
Thus it is a boundless Love that unites them,
for the three have one love
which is their essence;
and the more love is one
the more it is love.

-Saint John of the Cross


Words from the Tradition...

 
...love is indeed ecstasy...

“  The apparent exaltation of the body can quickly turn into a hatred of bodiliness. Christian faith, on the other hand, has always considered man a unity in duality, a reality in which spirit and matter compenetrate, and in which each is brought to a new nobility. True, eros tends to rise “in ecstasy” towards the Divine, to lead us beyond ourselves; yet for this very reason it calls for a path of ascent, renunciation, purification and healing. ”

"...love looks to the eternal. Love is indeed “ecstasy”, not in the sense of a moment of intoxication, but rather as a journey, an ongoing exodus out of the closed inward-looking self towards its liberation through self-giving, and thus towards authentic self-discovery and indeed the discovery of God: “Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Lk 17:33)

— Deus Caritas Est

...spousal meaning of the body...

"Man, whom God created male and female, bears the divine image imprinted on his body ‘from the beginning.’ Man and woman constitute two different ways of the human ‘being a body’ in the unity of that image."

"The human body includes right from the beginning…the capacity of expressing love, that love in which the person becomes a gift – and by means of this gift – fulfills the meaning of his being and existence."

"Alone man does not completely realize this essence [of being a person]. He realizes it only by existing ‘with someone’ – and even more deeply and completely – by existing ‘for someone’…The communion of persons means existing in a mutual ‘for,’ in a relationship of mutual gift."

— Saint Pope John Paul II.

...in the act of love we are not merely ourselves...

“ But in the act of love we are not merely ourselves. We are also representatives. It is here no impoverishment but an enrichment to be aware that forces older and less personal than we work through us. In us all the masculinity and femininity of the world, all that is assailant and responsive, are momentarily focused.”

" By nudity the lovers cease to be solely John and Mary; the universal He and She are emphasised. You could almost say they put on nakedness as a ceremonial robe—or as the costume for a charade."

— C.S. Lewis

 

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