Have you ever found that you watch a movie two or three times and catch something different at each viewing? You might say, “I never noticed that before.” In a similar way, spiritual reading can “speak to us” differently at different stages in our lives.
I have read Fr. Thomas Dubay’s book, …And You Are Christ’s three times since I first found it in our convent library in Hankinson (probably as a postulant). I just finished it again this past week.
I am still impressed at this beautiful discourse on consecrated chastity.
The book, to quote its chapter titles, covers:
- Our Milieu (background/context),
- What is Gospel Virginity?
- Understanding the Vocation
- Permanent Fidelity
- Virginity and Frugality
- Virginal Human Love
- Who Is a Consecrated Woman?
- An Integrated Lifestyle
- Virginity and Totality
- Signs of the Vocation
- Witness ~ and ~
It is only 148 pages but contains a wealth of insight into this charism of consecrated chastity which religious and other consecrated people live in the Church. It brings the reader beyond the shallow ideas our society has about celibacy to insight into the beauty of this gift of self. Although it was written in the 1980s, it provides rich insights just as pertinent today.
I would recommend …And You Are Christ’s to anyone discerning a vocation to the consecrated life or wishing to gain further insight into it.