But the fact is, even those living faithful and fruitful celibate lives need others. We need communities, because we can never be complete selves by ourselves. Our perfection only occurs in relation to others. This, of course, is why friendship and community is so important for gay people: because it’s important for everyone. And while we don’t necessarily need people physically present while we dream at night, we do need relationships that fill our lives so that we are never truly alone.

This creates a challenge for churches. If churches believe that people have celibate callings, then those churches also have a responsibility to consider how to build communities with and for these callings.

Very true. A new challenge for our Church.

buffythesamoyed:

My humans just keep getting smaller!

gimme.

buffythesamoyed:

My humans just keep getting smaller!

gimme.

soffy2002:

fanniefierce:

lagos2bahia:

gohoneycocolove:

What Really Happened in the Congo: Belgium’s ‘Heart of Darkness’

Leopold famously said when he was forced to hand over the Congo Free State to the Belgian nation: “I will give them my Congo but they have no right to know what I have done there,” and proceeded to burn archives.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/belgium-confronts-its-heart-of-darkness-6151923.html

Did y’all know about this?

I hate this man with every fibre of my being.

I CANT DEAL WITH THIS.

Evil of the highest order.

angelclark:

Whether you’re religious or not, this is important. 

KIEV: Protests Bring Priests To Pray Between Police And Protesters

Amidst burned buses, tear gas and barricades, however, there is another sight that stands out on the frontline: The strong numbers of Orthodox priests who have turned out, not to protest, but rather to pray.

Orthodox priests praying for peace in between the line aggression-heavy police and furious protesters. Notice how some priests are facing the protesters and some are facing the police.

Although they were invited to join the “people”, the fathers only prayed and sang the Paschal troparion: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life,” wrote the Ramensky deanery of Moscow on its facebook page. The conflict ceased.

As the website Pravoslavie v Ukraine (“Orthodoxy in the Ukraine”) learned, at around 9:00 a.m., clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church came to Grushevsky Street, placed themselves between the warring sides, and began to pray, calling both sides to stop their fighting and repent.

The monks have no intention of leaving until the situation has completely stabilized.

The clergymen are currently continuing their prayer on Grushevsky Street in shifts. 

READ MORE - http://noarmycanstopanidea.com/kiev-protests-bring-priests-to-pray-between-police-and-protesters-pics/

fidesspescaritas4lyfe:

this year for valentine’s day I’m giving out St. Valentine holy cards #keepsaintinstvalentine’sday

wait yes

Everyone who suffers is on a cross. Some ask to be taken down, like the thief on the left. Others ask to be taken up, like the thief on the right.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen (via sicutcervus)
No one who overdrinks wills the headache, but he gets one; no man who sins wills frustration or loneliness of soul, but he feels it. In breaking a law we always suffer certain consequences which we never intended. God so made the world that certain effects follow certain causes.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (via acatholicvibe)
fathershane:

Can he be Pope forever please.

fathershane:

Can he be Pope forever please.

If in mental prayer we should do nothing else than continually banish distractions and temptations, the meditation is well made.
St. Francis de Sales (via catholicsoul)
by-grace-of-god:

Praying for just and loving societies where every woman would feel supported so she would never have to consider the tragic option of abortion.

by-grace-of-god:

Praying for just and loving societies where every woman would feel supported so she would never have to consider the tragic option of abortion.