For those looking for answers to many practical questions about celibacy, we heartily recommend When God Asks for an Undivided Heart, by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR.
With clear, insightful reflections, Fr. Apostoli provides a penetrating look at consecrated celibacy based on his 40 years as a priest, spiritual director, and seminary teacher. Several bishops have already made this highly acclaimed work required reading for their seminarians.
Fr. Apostoli masterfully discusses a range of issues, including:
- Why so many people reject celibacy without truly knowing why
- Celibacy in Scripture and Church history
- Why clerical sex abuse is not caused by celibacy
- How celibacy is a perfect expression of Christian love
- The many fruits and gifts that come from celibacy, including lasting happiness and joy
The book is also a great resource for parents who are struggling to understand and accept their child’s vocation.
The following is from the foreword by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR:
“Celibacy is one of God s greatest gifts to the world . . . and also one of the most misunderstood. . . . Whether you are a young adult exploring a religious vocation, are already ordained, or are a member of the laity who wants to understand what the Church teaches and why, this is an important book for every Catholic to have. When God Asks for an Undivided Heart provides a sensitive, insightful look at the gift of consecrated celibacy. With his many years of experience in formation work and spiritual direction, Fr. Apostoli writes convincingly on this topic for the young adult considering the call to priesthood or religious life. . . . The concept of an undivided heart as the best road to a happy and productive celibate life is one that needs to be reaffirmed, as Fr. Andrew has done.”