In Intimate Spirituality: The Catholic Way of Love and Sex, Gordon J. Hilsman presents sexual loving as integral to rather than separate from most people's spiritual lives. His coalescing of intimate love with traditional Catholic concepts-virtues, capital sins, fruits of the Spirit, sacraments-augments the pervasively moral view of sex with a spiritual perspective that highlights its beauty and power to shape the virtue of peoples lives. Seeing sexual attraction as built into humanity by the Creator to feed and challenge virtually all persons worldwide, he illustrates how intimate loving is actually a neglected aspect of Christian spirituality that has never been developed as fully as the individual and the communal. Hilsman calls upon theologians and spiritual leaders to further develop the understanding of intimate loving as a genuinely beautiful spiritual aspect of life. Many Christians (Catholics and Protestants alike) who take both their love lives and their Christian faith seriously, will find the positive, healthy view of sexuality presented in this book illuminating and helpful. So will those who counsel them.
Dr. Gordon Hilsman, D.Min. is a lifelong Catholic. He currently directs the Pastoral Care Education programs for the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington.
Part 1 Eros and Individual Spirituality Chapter 2 The Natural Mystery of the Loving Spirit Chapter 3 Nine Fruits of Romantic Love Chapter 4 Seven Enduring Gifts of Maturing Love Chapter 5 Death, Resurrection, and the Ending of Love Chapter 6 Lust or Lusty Love-The Moral and the Spiritual Chapter 7 Six Other Styles of Intimate Failure Chapter 8 Four Cardinal Virtues of Love's Foundation Part 9 Eros and Community Chapter 10 Sacramental Enhancement: Can Agape Learn from Eros? Chapter 11 The Evangelical Counsels for All Chapter 12 Eros and Social Spirituality Chapter 13 Eros and Catholic Social Teaching Chapter 14 Intimate Love and the Leader's Own Spirituality