Sex and the Spiritual Life

Reclaiming Integrity, Wholeness, and Intimacy
Foreword by: John Riccardo

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: September 11, 2020

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Winner of a third-place award in the morality, ethics, Christology, Mariology, and redemption category from the Catholic Media Association.

Are sexuality and spirituality opposed to each other? To anyone who has struggled to align their sexual desires with the call to be holy these might seem in opposition, but they don’t have to be.

Sex and the Spiritual Life will help you understand that you can experience fulfillment through sexual integrity—a way of life that affirms the presence of God and the sacred in our sexual feelings and expressions. You’ll hear from a selection of Catholic men and women—married, clergy, religious, and single—whose stories will inspire and equip you to reclaim the joy and wholeness of sexual integrity.

Addressing sexuality across a wide range of vocations, challenges, and experiences, each of the contributors to Sex and the Spiritual Life reflects upon living out the Church’s teachings about human sexuality with integrity as a means to achieving spiritual maturity. All those who want to experience the benefits of sexual integrity will be inspired by their witness, and benefit from their practical advice. Contributors include Patricia Cooney Hathaway; Timothy P. O’Malley; Deacon James Keating; Susan Muto; Eve Tushnet; Fr. John Riccardo; and Sr. Sarah Fairbanks, O.P.; as well as clinical specialists in addictions and marriage and family life.

In this groundbreaking book, you will find insights into the following topics:

  • the relationship between sexual integrity and spiritual growth
  • how the wounds of sexual abuse and addiction can be healed
  • the link between sexual and spiritual intimacy in marriage
  • how young adults can receive the formation they need to discover their vocations, navigate the complexities of being single, and live in community
  • how spiritual friendship informs faithful living within the homosexual community
  • the role of sexual desire in the lives of clergy and religious

This is a much-needed book for thoughtful Catholics to help them reclaim sexuality as a positive, joyful component of the human experience and to present a path of healing and hope for those who need to chart a new course.

Product Details

Pages: 224

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594719912

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A gift.”

    “This book is the gift we all need to experience renewal and regeneration, both individually and as a parish.”

    From the foreword by Fr. John Riccardo
    Executive director of ACTS XXIX 

  • “Radical hope.”

    “A rethinking of the mystery and the beauty of human sexuality is important in a changing world and culture, especially for Catholics of every state and walk of life. This book asks real questions and encourages listening to the experience of others. These personal testimonies offer radical hope to Catholics to live what the Church teaches faithfully and joyfully.”

    Cardinal Joseph Tobin
    Archbishop of Newark

  • “Timely.”

    “This timely book provides the antidote to the crisis we are living in as a Church and as a society. Sharing their stories with humility, vulnerability, and honesty, each writer draws on their personal life experience and the wisdom and healing they have gained through a lifetime of prayer, studying scripture, and connecting to the riches of our Catholic faith. Anyone who desires to live their vocation with integrity and joy should read this book. I highly recommend it.”

    Bob Schuchts
    Founder of the John Paul II Healing Center
    Author of Be Healed

  • “More than ever, we need a book like this in which contributors offer hope for others.”

    “More than ever, we need a book like this in which contributors share their stories and offer hope for others, showing how the good news of the Gospel and the teachings of the Church can give us the tools we need to untwist traumatic experiences of the past in order to learn and heal from them.”

    Julie and Greg Alexander
    Founders of The Alexander House

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