“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Pope Francis invites all of us to reflect deeply about the family as we prepare for the 2005 Synod on the Family according to some new orientations such as: Our being sexual is meant to be understood developmentally. Our being sexual is something we progressively integrate as power for loving over a lifetime. I feel like we are being invited into an adventure involving new ways of seeing that were previously stifled.
What can it mean to remove the stigma from those divorced and remarried in order to welcome them as Christ would? To stop stigmatizing our lesbian sisters and gay brothers as marginalized and inferior to the rest? Paul says, “You should use your body [clearly from the context, including your being sexual] for the glory of God.” So what is the next step for me to integrate and act upon my being sexual in a loving way?
—Fr. Terry Charlton, SJ, joined the Chicago province and now serves as assistant provincial in Eastern Africa. He is the co-founder and chaplain of St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School for AIDS orphans from the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
God be in my head & in my understanding. God be in my eyes and in my looking. God be in my mouth and in my speaking. God be in my heart and in my loving. God be at my end and at my departing.
—Sarum Printer, 1527