My free time have awarded me with a chance to catch up with some of my reading backlogs. There are at least six bed-side books that I've been reading alternately lately, most of them are catholic reads. By far, I've been enjoying quite a lot the book 'In Pursuit of Love: Catholic Morality and Human Sexuality' by a Jesuit priest, Vincent Genovesi that discusses a handful of hot-topic issues - premarital sex, contraception and marital sexuality, homogenital expressions of love, masturbation and abortion - from a philosophical and theological stand. Challenging, sometimes I'm even forced to read a paragraph twice or thrice to digest and understand. Then even sometimes followed by a momentous stop of pondering. Truly is the joy of reading a book on Christian Ethics for the first time :)
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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully around with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
'The Four Loves' (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1960)
As quoted from ‘In Pursuit of Love: Catholic Morality and Human Sexuality, 2nd edition’ by Vincent J. Genovesi, SJ