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Re: A few personalist insights about conjugal love

Apr. 17 at 4:28pm | see this comment in context

Hello, and Happy Easter!  It's been a long time since I've offered comment on this site.  I look in from time to time, but this particular article and the associated comment thread caught my attention.  I live in Rochester NY, and know a few graduates from McQuaid Jesuit.

I'm sitting here trying to compose this, and find myself sighing deeply, and repeatedly - I don't even know where to begin!  Rhett mentions that "the high school dance is a sexual ritual meant to facilitate a maturing of the relationship between  boys and girls", and that very idea was running through my mind as well.  Dancing is most definitely a highly stylized form of social contact which is intended to allow a "give and take" strongly suggestive (too strongly, in most cases) of sexual union.  To put it bluntly, dancing is not a typical behavior between friends. I've never asked a male friend to dance.

Rhett didn't mention that McQuaid is also an all-boys school.  Can someone remind me of the purpose for all-boys and all-girls schools?  Another deep sigh.

Re: On Prayer, Both Second-Hand and Spontaneous

Aug. 24 at 7:13pm | see this comment in context

"...trembling lips and tear-stung eyes."  This short phrase has moved me to post my very first comment as a relatively new member of The Personalist Project!  Having experienced moments when my lips trembled and tears spilled from my eyes as I prayed (a Psalm, a Rosary, the responses to the Liturgy of the Eucharist, a spontaneous prayer), I can only say I've been blessed with a deepening sense of "praying with the Church."

I'd like to recommend a book called "Beginning to Pray" by (then) Archbishop Anthony Bloom of the Russian Orthodox Church.  He died a Metropolitan bishop in 2003.  Anyway, the book was recommended to me some years ago by my parish priest and I refer back to it often.  Good book!  It touches on three types of prayer - spontaneous, short vocal, and ready-made.  It's very short but packed with good stuff!

My prayer right this moment is that God continue to bless this wonderful project!

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