Friday, June 7, 2013

Sexuality and call

Sexuality and Call:  All of us are made for others. We are called to wholeness, to union  with other human beings/with God.  We are incomplete without the other, without relating to others.  The other fact is that no one is capable of completing our incompleteness. Only God completes us. “Our hearts are restless until they rest in God,” St. Augustine tells us. We will always feel somewhat incomplete, somewhat empty, alone.  That is a given!
However, we  are sexual beings and as such are called to strive toward union, a union modeled by the Blessed Trinity. Jesus prayed that we would be one as the Father and He are one, one with one another and with God. Male and female God created us.  Neither sex is able to be complete in itself.   To answer the call to move toward wholeness or completeness, to the point humanly possible, we need to be in relationship with one another on more than one level of being human. Those levels are the level of the intellect, the physical level, the emotional level, the level of affect, the psychological level, the social level, and the spiritual level.  The depth of the levels from which we connect with others, in any state in life—marriage, the single life, the priesthood or religious life--is the depth of our sense of wholeness and completeness that we will experience in our relationships.  The depth of self that we experience also depends on whether or not we are nurturing and growing on all levels of our humanness.  Our call is to develop all levels and to relate with others in ways that gives life, fosters union, and brings out the best of who we are as persons created in the image and likeness of our God.

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