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Virginity: A Positive Approach to Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom of Heaven [Paperback]

By Raniero Cantalamessa (Author) & Charles Serignat (Translator)
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Young people are shown how to live the charism of virginity and celibacy "as a gift, in all humility, with joy and perfect freedom."

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Studio: Alba House
Pages   110
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1995
Publisher   Alba House
Age  15
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0818907452  
ISBN13  9780818907456  

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More About Raniero Cantalamessa & Charles Serignat

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., has served as the preacher to the papal household since 1980, under Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. He is the author of many books, including "Sober Intoxication of the Spirit, Part Two."

Raniero Cantalamessa currently resides in Rome.

Raniero Cantalamessa has published or released items in the following series...
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A beautiful reflection on a beautiful life  Jul 3, 2007
Cantalamessa breaks this book into two sections, one detailing the biblical basis of virginity, and the other explaining how this is to be lived. He doesn't arrive at any earth-shattering conclusions, rather his work is characterized by a beautiful simplicity that presents the truths of faith with great love. While virginity is often seen at best as a heroic sacrifice or at worst as something that must be endured, Cantalamessa approaches it from a much more positive position and deals extensively on the love and grace of such a life. This is a wonderful work, and by it the reader will be able to see the love Cantalamessa has for the very sort of life he leads, and ultimately for God who has blessed Him with this life.
Amazing Treatise on Virginity  Jul 4, 2005
It is sad that the other reviewers have narrowed the scope of this book into a simple essay on celibacy; though it does treat extensively of this topic, Cantalamessa also treats of virginity as a virtue to be embraced by all of Christ's faithful, whether married or religious. Wondering how married people are to remain chaste? Read this book! His beautiful mastery of language, his exegesis, and his skill in writing make this book a must-read for all who desire another light on the path to holiness.
A Brief Introduction to Celibacy.  Aug 23, 2004
Raniero Cantalamenssa's short book _Virginity: A Positive Approach to Celibacy for the Kingdom of Heaven_ presents a case for the practice of celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church. Cantalamessa's approach is a self-styled "positive" one and he goes to great lengths to avoid the familiar "women are the devil" arguments found for instance in the _Hammer of Witches_ and the Book of Sirach. He also avoids the "Neo-Platonic" philosophies and speculations of such Christian illuminaries as St. John Chrysostom and instead keeps to simple exhortations based on the example of following Christ. The author notes that beyond the well-known examples of St. Paul and the Virgin Mary in status, Christ himself is the "Arch-Virgin" (in Patristic thought Archiparthenos) and the creation of the world by the Holy Trinity is itself virginal. Virginity and celibacy is also a symbol of the resurrection in which there will be "neither marriage or giving in marriage." Celibacy remains a state blessed by God along of course with married life. Cantalamessa's approach is a bit overly sentimental and it is the old-time Neo-Platonic philosophy that gives the practice of celibacy its greatest exaltation. I recommend it as a basic introduction to the topic but it is not the best source for a broad analysis and historical perspective on celibacy in the Christian tradition.
Celibacy isn't just for priests!  Mar 26, 2002
Obviously not all people are called to lifetime celibacy. But for those who are, either through their own choosing or by God's grace, this is a wonderful primer. There is much more to celibacy than abstaining from sex. Cantelamessa gives a deeply spiritual and yet completely practical treatment to the subject. Great as a reference for teen youth groups or for adults.

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