Tag: Consecrated Virginity

{Review} And You Are Christ’s – The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life

Posted September 2, 2015 in Faith, Reading, Review / 2 Comments

{Review} And You Are Christ’s – The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate LifeAnd You Are Christ's by Thomas Dubay
Publisher: Ignatius Press (1987)
Paperback (148 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Re-Reading, Read 2015


Father Thomas Dubay, one of the foremost authorities on the religious life, discusses one of the most important but not fully appreciated or understood charisms of the consecrated life, the charism of virginity. Although the idea of virginity is unpopular and even despised in modern society, Dubay emphasizes that the importance of evangelical virginity is rooted in its Biblical foundation, both in the Old and New Testaments.
Examining in detail what the call to virginity is and how it is integrated into the whole of consecrated life, Dubay presents his study in such a way as to be of importance to men as well. Noting that a woman, because of her feminine nature and traits, can image and live the Church’s wedded relationship to Christ more realistically, Dubay points out that men with the celibate charism are also members of the virgin Church that is wedded to Christ, just as in the Old Testament the People of God was a virgin bride wedded to Yahweh. The common and distinct elements of male and female consecrated love are fully captured in these pages.

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Review: An Introduction to the Vocation of Consecrated Virginity Lived in the World

Posted August 27, 2015 in Faith, Reading, Review / 3 Comments

Review: An Introduction to the Vocation of Consecrated Virginity Lived in the WorldAn Introduction to the Vocation of Consecrated Virginity Lived in the World by United States Association of Consecrated VIrgins
Publisher: USACV (2012)
Paperback (145 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Re-Reading, Read 2015


An Ancient Rite Restored, for women living in the world.
Those who choose chastity have looked upon the face of Christ, its origin and inspiration.
They give themselves wholly to Christ, the Son of the ever-virgin Mary, and the heavenly Bridegroom of those who in his honor dedicate themselves to lasting virginity.

-Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity (24)
Consecrated by the diocesan Bishop, these women acquire a particular link with the Church, which they are committed to serve while remaining the world. Either alone or in association with others, they constitute a special eschatological image of the Heavenly Bride and of the life to come, when the Church will at last fully live her love for Christ the Bridegroom.
-Pope Saint John Paul II in Vita Consecrata
The Order of Virgins is a special expression of consecrated life that blossomed anew in the Church after the Second Vatican Council. Its roots, however, are ancient; they date back to the dawn of the apostolic times. With unheard of daring, certain women began to open their hearts to the desire of consecrated virginity … the desire to give the whole of their being to God. (This desire) had its first extraordinary fulfillment in the Virgin of Nazareth and her “yes.”
-Pope Benedict XVI to the 2008 Rome International Congress/Pilgrimage of Consecrated Virgins

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{SQT} I’m Back from Camp!

Posted August 14, 2015 in Faith, Reading / 0 Comments

Seven Quick Takes

Seven Quick Takes is a weekly link-up hosted by This Ain’t The Lyceum.


I have returned from summer camp. I was there for just over six weeks as a counselor. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun, most of the time. I have a lot of pictures that I would love to share with all of you but I haven’t had a chance to get the editing done yet. That is one of my goals for the coming week.


The camp that I was working at was a Catholic summer camp for my diocese. We started each week of campers out with Mass on Sunday, had Eucharistic Adoration and Mass on Wednesday as well as the opportunity for Reconciliation/Confession, and had a short prayer service before sending them home on Friday.


My favorite weeks of camp were the girl weeks. We had two of them. One with 7th-8th grade girls and one with 5th-6th grade girls. Those were the weeks that I had the most fun and felt like I was impacting the lives of the girls in my small group.

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June and July 2015 in Review

Posted August 10, 2015 in Faith, Reading / 4 Comments

June and July 2015 in Review

It has been a crazy month and a half! I will share some of my summer camp experience here but most will wait until it’s own post with pictures!

Things that Happened in June & July

  • As you may recall from a previous post, I spent the summer working at a great Catholic summer camp. I really want to talk a lot about that but I promise I will post more with pictures later.
  • I survived 6 weeks without much cell phone service or internet. It was really great for me.
  • I also read things that I wanted to read rather than what I needed to read based on review copies and such.

Books I Read in June

City of AshesBlue Lily, Lily BlueA Whole New World
The Winner's CrimeThe Ring and the CrownThe Phantom of the OperaThe Isle of the Lost
Dream A Little DreamAll Fall DownA Wicked Thing
A Thousand Pieces of YouDaughter of Deep SilenceThe Wrath and the DawnThe Darkest Part of the Forest
The Night DanceThe Rose BrideThrone of Glass
In the Forests of the NightDemon in My View

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December 2014 Monthly Wrap-Up

Posted December 31, 2014 in Faith, Reading / 2 Comments

Since it is the end of another month, I have decided to do a monthly wrap-up post. Behold, my month in bulleted lists.

Things that Happened in December

Books I Read in December

the elitesnowthe miracle of lourdesmockingjay
time's edgean introduction to the vocation of consecrated virginity lived in the worldchastity is for lovers
esther: royal beautythe case for Christmassplinteredblood of a stone
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