A celibate’s love is freed from commitment to one or a few people and so is opened to all. Not only can he better love the Lord; he can also better love and serve all whom God loves. With greater ease he prays for all and gives himself to the apostolic work that the Lord Himself would want to do for them.

Paul Conner, Celibate Love (Sheed & Ward, London 1979).

Paul Conner is currently Associate Professor of Theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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