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Fr Ronald Rolheiser: understood and appreciated

MARK JARVIS (Letters, 17 October) misunderstands Fr. Roland Rolheiser's article, "Chastity; not just sex" (10 October). In this article, Fr Rolheiser explores chastity in its broadest and most positive sense. He sees chastity as an attitude of reverence and respect towards all that God offers us in life. We are to receive God's gifts with gratitude and reverence, rather than to appropriate them to ourselves selfishly or prematurely.

It is implicit throughout Fr. Rolheiser's article that chastity is both virtue and grace, to be aspired to and received by all Christians regardless of their status or sexuality.

A disregard for chastity affects all people similarly, whether believers or not. Fr Rolheiser stressed the widespread unhappiness and cynicism among today's young people in order to Illustrate this point.

Glenna Towler, Waterlooville.

IF WE WANT to develop a faith

community that is one of mutuality and equality we

need to take to heart Ronald Rolheiser's wise article "Our Male and Female God" ( 17 October) .

There is research evidence, across the denominations,of a correlation between conceiving God as primarly male with a tendency towatis authoritarian behaviour in men, and subservience aid lack of selfesteem in wonne.

`)ne of the aims of Tie Association for Inclusit7e Language is to provile resources and information about what is available in tie exploration of a rich diversty of images of God which vill deepen our spiritual lives ad personal relationships.

We have available anntated lists of prayer and linugy resources, and also informbon on materials for use will groups, A-level students aid parishes which can le obtained by sending a SIE to the Association (36, Ccivet Lane, London SE21 7DR', lanthe Pratt, Chair, Association for incluspe Language, London.




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