Ordinary Time, 13th Sunday (C) Today I'm celebrating my 12 year anniversary as a priest. I accepted celibacy as a requirement for becoming a priest. It has turned out to be a great blessing in my life. Jesus makes a total gift of himself on the cross. He doesn't want disciples who aren't willing to make a total gift of themselves. Those who live the church's teachings about sexuality will discover a great gift, and will themselves become a great gift. (30 June 2019)

Going Deeper: Are you open to the possibility that the Church knows what she's talking about when it comes to human life and sexuality? Has there been an aspect of church teaching that you said "Yes" to, reluctantly, and it turned out to be a blessing?