I’ve come across an interesting theory recently and, I have to repeat, theory. Reading the New Testament makes interesting detective AND GUESSWORK and, 2000 years later, I realise relying on the latter can lead us up the garden path. The point in question is this: who were Mary, Martha and Read more…
“These poor people are the treasure of the church! To these I can add pearls and precious stones – the widows and celibates – the church’s crown by which it pleases Christ. The church has no other riches.” Lawrence, third century church deacon, speaking to a Roman high official who Read more…
Wilf Copping, the author of the following poem, was born in Chesterfield, England in 1954. He became a Christian in 1974 and made a commitment to celibacy in 1980. He lives in Christian community – ‘House of Living Stones’ in Northants.
I AM YOURS
Whether I am great or I am small
Serving just a few or all
If I am chosen or forgotten
Up on the top or at the bottom
I am yours.
Whether or not I see the hand
Making me whatever kind of man
Regarded as a wise man or a fool
Whether life is kind or it is cruel
I am yours.
I am yours in the darkness of my room
When only a woman’s warmth would do
For you are more than wife to me
Far more than family,
I am yours in the sunshine of your love
But give me grace so I do not move
For in the summer I so easily forget
The sun on whom my heart is set
When I am fighting in the war
Or just listening at your door
Lifting up my sword or my ear
Whatever it is I am here
I am yours.
In the storms of love
In the fire and the flood
My friends, my God
I am yours for good.
Wilf has another poem on this blog: http://undividedblog.jesusfellowship.uk/2013/07/celibate-gift-strength-to-a-fathers-arms/
Book review by Lisa Gee “The Mystery Of Love For The Single.” Fr. Dominic J. Unger, O.F.M. Cap. The sub-title is “A Guide for Those Who Follow The Single Vocation in the World.” First published in 1958. Republished by TAN BOOKS in 2005. This book is unique because it speaks Read more…
Recently someone sent the following comment into Undividedblog: “I do not understand what being celibate has to do with being undivided in devotion to God. The people that seem most Christ-like are married couples who do good work together for others. “Right now, the requirement that priests be chosen Read more…
Continuation of the outline of the book: The Celibacy Myth: Loving for Life; Charles A.Callagher and Thomas L. Vandenberg. St Paul Publications. England. 1987 This is an excellent book written mainly for Catholic priests but it has relevance for all celibates. Chapter3: Bachelor or Bridegroom? A priest or Christian leader Read more…
Continuation of the outline of the book: The Celibacy Myth: Loving for Life; Charles A.Callagher and Thomas L. Vandenberg. St Paul Publications. England. 1987. Chapter 1: Privation or Privilege Christian celibates do not concentrate on what is to be given up but on what is to be received and moved Read more…
Let God choose … Ruth Dowling made a commitment to celibacy when she was 24 and is now 53. She lives at ‘Spreading Flame,’ a Jesus Fellowship community house in London. For the last twenty five years Ruth has suffered from ME and has been unable to work for most Read more…