Happy and Meaningful Celibate life

July 11, 2013 by  
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CRI Chhattisgarh Region had a seminar on Psycho-sexual integration and celibacy by Fr. Joe Mannath SDB, the New National Secretary, and orientation on CRI guidelines and Statutes by Fr. Jose Thachil SJ, CRI National

Seminar on Psycho-sexual integrationChhattisgarh, July 10, 2013: CRI Chhattisgarh Region had a seminar on Psycho-sexual integration and celibacy by Fr. Joe Mannath SDB, the New National Secretary, and orientation on CRI guidelines and Statutes by Fr. Jose Thachil SJ, CRI National Programme Director, on 6th and 7th July, 2013 at Pastoral Centre, Raipur. There were 112 participants coming from five local units of Chhattisgarh (The attached photos give you some idea of the gathering.)Fr. Joe led the group in prayer through a power point presentation on Psalm 139.

Sr. Sheeja OSF, Regional Executive Secretary, gave the details of the programme and Fr. Mathew OIC, President of Raipur Local Unit, welcomed the resource persons.“Psycho-sexual Integration and Celibacy” by Fr. Joe Mannath SDB To help the participants understand and live our celibate commitment in a joyful and meaningful way, the following aspects were highlighted, though briefly because of the limited time available. The seminar would have needed 4-5 days to discuss the topics more in depth.

(1) The meaning of psycho-sexual integration: How to become loving, happy and God-centered persons without the challenge and support of marriage and parenthood. The need to integrate, not deny or repress, our sexuality (all the life-giving energies we have as women and men).

(2) A look at our individual journey of growth, from our childhood until today: what helped us and what didn’t; who helped us, and how; where we find ourselves relatively mature, and in which areas we feel immature or confused.

(3) The meaning and elements of psycho-sexual maturity: What does it mean to be a mature man or woman? What are the signs of such maturity? What are the helps for reaching this goal?

(4) A look at some commonly faced problems, such as, masturbation, pornography, homosexual tendencies, sexual abuse, and tips to formators and superiors on how to help persons struggling in these areas.

(5) Healthy and unhealthy ways of handling our sexual feelings, including five tips for a healthy integration of sexuality.

(6) The meaning of celibacy, and various motives—both deficient and adequate—for which a persons may remain unmarried. The signs of a genuine celibate life.

(7) Failures in celibacy, especially through love of luxury and comfort, and the lust for power.

(8) The ten best helps for a happy celibate life.

(9) Healthy man-woman friendships in celibate life. Conditions for cultivating healthy heterosexual relationships.

A point Fr Joe Mannath emphasized clearly is the importance of confidentially when formees or others share personal matters with superiors, formators, spiritual directors, etc. What we know confidentially must remain confidential. It cannot be revealed to others, including superiors, house council, etc.

The programme concluded with a meaningful Eucharistic celebration, in which we learnt from St. Paul’s exhortation to Timothy, and especially from the message to the women at Empty Tomb: “Jesus is alive! He goes ahead of you. You will see him.” Celibacy is a trusting, joyful walk with the Lord who is close to us.The participants felt the topic was relevant to the time as it is not an often talked subject. It helped each individual to be in touch with oneself and to give an appropriate expression to our feelings and behaviors and to make our ministry more effective.CRI Guidelines by Fr. Jose Thachil

The group was familiarized with the guidelines and statutes of Regional and Local CRI units by Fr. Jose Thachil. He explained what CRI is not, and what CRI is. The CRI is a canonical body with its own nature and a structured organization. The members of CRI are major superiors residing in India.

The main goals of CRI are:

– To bring together the major superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, so that they share the experiences, challenges and concerns of their religious commitment and get mutually enriched

– To make combined effort to achieve more fully the purpose of each Institute, while respecting the autonomy, nature and spirit of each.

– To deal with matters common to all institutes of Consecrated life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

– To promote fellowship at all levels of the Christian community in a spirit of humble service.The members were happy to know how the CRI came into existence, its structure, statutes, guidelines and functions. Thus each one realized their role in the Church and in the Society as Religious.

In the name of Chhattisgarh Region, Sr. Sheeja OSF, the Executive Secretary, thanked Fr. Joe Mannath and Fr. JoseThachil.

Sr. Sheeja OSF

Regional Executive Secretary

A footnote by the two speakers:

We collected feedback from the participants through an anonymous written questionnaire. The replies gave us relevant information on the positive and negative aspects of religious life in India, as seen by the participants, as well as their views and suggestions on the role of CRI, its publications, etc. The participants expressed overwhelmingly positive appreciation for the programme.

– crib

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