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Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person Paperback – August 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0826411075 ISBN-10: 082641107X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082641107X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826411075
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
One does not have to be Roman Catholic to appreciate the many spiritual insights offered in this fine work. While not avoiding the moral issues which surround homosexuality, this book offers sound pastoral insight to the unique and challenging spiritual quests of homosexual persons. This book has much to say about the spiritual significance of the suffering experienced by homosexual persons as a result of bigotry and discrimination. Furthermore, the book does not give homosexual persons a "sexual license" but rather a perspective from which they can understand the centrality of their sexuality to their personhood. I enthusiastically recommend this book for anyone interested in the spiritual quest of the homosexual person.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
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The reclaiming of sexuality as an integral part of one's god-given personhood, and the futile attempts of church to compartmentalize sexual sins is discussed in a very articulate manner. Empereur is well spoken...and helps one to feel the "ah-ha" of knowing for the first time whet one has known intuitively about sexuality, but which is rarely spoken: that it is a gift from God. And Gay people are a gift from God. And whether gay people should or should not "engage" in sexual activity is almost a moot point. To try and define what is and what isn't is "sexual activity" is for the birds. What a beautiful way to talk about God, God's creation, our personhood and our belovedness!! As a gay man, I am indebted to Empereur for his courage to write so honestly. And as a Catholic I would love to tap his wisdom as a spiritual directee!!
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This Jesuit author knows his stuff and is well-read.

Where so much stuff, I would say `poison', comes from the churches, this author starts off positive: Homosexuality is one of God's most significant gifts to humanity. To be gay or lesbian is to have received a special blessing from God. All humans receive their own special graces from their creator, but God has chosen some to be gay and lesbian as a way of revealing something about God-self that heterosexuals do not. On the acceptance of this premise all authentic and successful spiritual direction with gays and lesbians stands or falls.... that when that person is homosexual that God is present in a homosexual way....All creatures of God show forth God's handiwork, but the world also needs variation so that the richness of this handiwork is made unmistakably evident. God gives gays and lesbians the rather startling variation of their sexuality to help their brothers and sisters have greater insights into the reality of their God... their call is to remind the world of something it might too easily overlook. All charisms converge in the task of raising up the God hidden in our world and our lives.... The gay man cannot be content to wait for the tradition to tell him how to think and feel about God but rather he needs to ask himself how he is actually experiencing God and how his experience can contribute to the overall understanding of the God reality today.' Most importantly, he needs to trust his experience of God. The deeper issue here is the inadequacy of the tradition to deal with advances in contemporary understanding of the human person since it is still too often based on philosophical essentialism. Contemporary moral theology has moved away from this kind of essentialism when it sees sin and grace as relational realities.....
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