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celibate

adjective
(1) Abstaining from sexual activity relations.
(2) Referring to a person who abstains from sexual relations.

noun
(1) A person who abstains from sexual relations.
(2) A person who is unmarried for religious reasons.
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Most of all, you must realize it takes time to foster the one relationship that alone can sustain a lifelong celibate commitment - that is, with Jesus Christ, particularly, in prayer.
Prayer, particularly contemplative prayer, is indispensable and fundamental for the celibate life, for there is no other effective way to confront God-Self-Other within the core of the celibate reality.
The moral pall hanging over the head of lapses in celibate living remains unaddressed in M.
Dr Misra reckons that women often become celibate after a string of bad relationships or where the woman has felt downtrodden and used.
And if they have felt hurt or used in a relationship, they may be determined to stay celibate until they find a stable partner.
When I told my girlfriends I was celibate they were fairly surprised but very supportive.
I can't understand people who choose to be celibate - it doesn't make any sense to me.
Many other saints renounced families to become founders and members of religious orders or celibate popes, bishops, and priests.
It is ironic that Abbott, who is keen to point out that the Western world "has lost its balance about the nature and value of eroticism," seems to focus her book primarily on the physical and sexual aspects of celibacy and not on how Christian celibates transformed Western society with their work and with their ideas.
Catholics can only hope that she will publish a revised second edition that will not ignore most of the positive contributions that Catholic celibates have made to the world.
The researchers found that 33 percent of their subject had a celibate mother and that 100 percent had maternal grandmothers who could have been celibate but chose instead to procreate.
of the celibate decision and process beyond a terse admission similar to