Fr. Félix López

Fr. Félix López

My blog “God’s plan for the family”

I belong to the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother since its foundation in 1990, and have been a priest for 21 years. I am licensed in Pharmacy from the University of Madrid and hold a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Cross University in Rome. I am committed to the lay apostolate and give retreats for youth and adults.

Fr. Félix López is author and editor of the Blog "God’s Plan for the Family", which can be found on the website www.familiesfullyalive.com.

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Conjugal Spirituality - Part II

The term “conjugal spirituality” is relatively new. In fact, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the Magisterium of the Church articulated it, though in reality the concept is as ancient as the very sacrament of matrimony: if all God’s faithful receive the vocation to sanctity, it follows that not only religious and consecrated are called to a particular spirituality, but also those called to marriage have a spirituality particular to their own vocation. 

Conjugal Spirituality

The term “conjugal spirituality” is relatively new. In fact, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the Magisterium of the Church articulated it, though in reality the concept is as ancient as the very sacrament of matrimony: if all God’s faithful receive the vocation to sanctity, it follows that not only religious and consecrated are called to a particular spirituality, but also those called to marriage have a spirituality particular to their own vocation. 

Why Celibacy?

Every so often, the question of priestly celibacy and its inherent struggles reappears in the media, in public discussions, and even in the Church itself. Yet we know that at a theoretical level the Magisterium has already responded reasonably to the many objections that people have posed about celibacy. At a practical level as well, the greatest defense of the concept of celibacy is the thousands of priests who have lived and continue to live their celibacy with joy, faith, and enthusiasm every day of their lives.

Human Sexuality and God’s Grace

Human sexuality is God’s gift to mankind as an expression of the mutuality of spousal love. Its telos, or end, is to further the couple’s love through their children. At the moment of creation, God proclaimed His plan, explaining, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). If “one flesh” refers to the manner in which spouses become one entity, a unity, then the sexual dimension is clearly included. From its very beginnings, the Church proclaimed the truth about sexuality—protecting it, on the one hand, from the devaluation it experienced in the sexual excess of the pagan culture, and on the other hand, from the Manichean and Gnostic views that condemn sexuality as something purely physical, below the inherent dignity of man. The Church presented the beauty and goodness of human sexuality within the bond of marriage to both pagans and Manicheans. Properly understood, sexuality unites a couple in Christian chastity and modesty.

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