Item description for The Courage to Be Chaste by Benedict J. Groeschel...
Overview A contemporary treatment of the traditional theme of chastity that shows that a mature chastity can be loving, peaceful and fulfilled.
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1988
Publisher Paulist Press
ISBN 0809127059 ISBN13 9780809127054
Availability 0 units.
More About Benedict J. Groeschel
Benedict Joseph Groeschel, C.F.R. (born July 23, 1933) is a Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, activist and former host of the television talk program Sunday Night Prime, which is broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network. He has also hosted several serial religious specials in addition to Sunday Night Prime. He is the founder of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York as well as a former associate director of Trinity Retreat and a former executive director of the St. Francis House. He is professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia. He is one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Groeschel has received wide public attention through his preaching engagements, writing and television appearances. He is the author of over 30 books and has recorded more than 100 audio and video series. He publishes articles in several Catholic magazines on a monthly basis and posts a weekly meditation on the Oratory of Divine Love website. His most recent books include The Tears of God (2008), Questions and Answers About Your Journey to God (2007), The Virtue Driven Life (2006), Why Do We Believe? (2005) and There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust in God (2004). His weekly television program, Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel, offers a mix of interviews, answering viewer questions and discussing spiritual and social matters relating to the Catholic faith.
Groeschel has also been a highly visible Catholic activist, first in the civil rights movement. He publicly criticizes insulting depictions of the church in popular culture and the media. In September 1998, he led protests outside of an Off-Broadway theater in New York City against the production of Terrence McNally’s play Corpus Christi. In his 2002 book, From Scandal to Hope, he accused The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle of revealing anti-Catholic prejudice in their respective coverage of the sexual abuse scandal that disrupted the church. "Seldom in the history of journalism have I seen such virulent attacks on any institution that is supposed to receive fair treatment in the press", he wrote.
In April 2005, he again questioned the anti-Catholic sentiments of the United States media by charging distorted coverage of Joseph Ratzinger, who had become Pope Benedict XVI. Groeschel noted that the new pope had "been very badly abused by the American media", adding that the pontiff’s World War II biography was negatively distorted and incorrect reports of his personality were published.
On January 11, 2004, Groeschel was struck by an automobile while crossing a street in Orlando, Florida. He received a head injury and broken bones and over a four hour period, had no blood pressure, heartbeat or pulse for about 20 minutes. A few days later the trauma triggered a near-fatal heart attack. While he was recovering from his injuries he collaborated with John Bishop on the book, There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust in God. He broadcast his first live program on EWTN on October 24, 2004. Although the accident left him with limited use of his right arm and difficulty in walking, he was back preaching and giving retreats by the end of 2004 and has continued to keep a full schedule. As he told the New York Times nearly four years after his accident: “They said I would never live. I lived. They said I would never think. I think. They said I would never walk. I walked. They said I would never dance, but I never danced anyway.”
Benedict J. Groeschel currently resides in Larchmont, in the state of New York. Benedict J. Groeschel was born in 1951.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Courage to Be Chaste?
What a wonderful way to look at this topic and do something about it! Apr 6, 2008
This book has help me tremendously in giving me the courage to get started into this great challange with God's help and those around me who support me as the group Courage.
A calm, reassuring voice Aug 30, 2006
When first presented with this book I became agitated at the thought of being celibate for the rest of my life because of my divorce. I flat out refused to read the accursed book. I almost burned it! A year later, after some spiritual surgery, occasioned by lots of time adoring the Lord before the Blessed Sacrament, I have recently read the book through twice in a row. I find it calm and reassuring about the position in life I am now in regarding marriage. What has happened lately has been a profound release from troubling sexual compulsions. No small feat there. It is as if Adoration has tamed my soul. I feel a peace that seems like it's been there all my life regarding being single and sex-free for the rest of my life. It almost feels like I've always been single (though I have four children). It is truly a liberating feeling. I wish all people who suffer like I did from wayward sexual storms could have this. Father Groeschel does a good job in revealing truths necessary to live the celibate life whether as a religious or layman. Read it, it can't hurt. It may very well open up a new chapter in your life. His list of suggested reading is a treasure trove in itself.
Good and Practical Mar 16, 2006
Fr. Groeschel gives a beautiful and well rounded view of living a Chaste life. This book is specifically written for those who are also going to be celibate as well.
Somewhat helpful Sep 14, 2005
"Courage to Be Chaste" is somewhat helpful in helping one learn how to lead a more chaste life as a single person. But, since it was written for the homosexual person, a person who is not homosexual will need to skip about half of the book. I found this somewhat misleading and did not find it as helpful as I had hoped.
A good guide to chaste celibacy May 21, 2002
"The Courage to be Chaste," a book originally written for homosexual men desiring to live as chaste celibates, has come to be one of the premiere reads for people who either wish to live as chaste celibates in today's world, or simply wish to know more about the Catholic perspective on chaste celibacy. Written from his perspective as a Catholic psychiatrist, Fr. Groeschel thoroughly examines the topic in just over 100 pages. He examines ways a chaste celibate can be an active member of the community, how chaste celibacy does not run contrary to human sexuality, and other topics that are often confused by people who wish to discount chaste celibacy as "psychologically unhealthy." Laced with anecdotes and personal experience, Fr. Groeschel's book is a steal for the price and can be easily knocked out in an afternoon.