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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Praying For Sex

Never mind pillow talk, couples told by Roman Catholic church to PRAY before sex | Mail Online

With the number of "Oh God"'s uttered during sexual relations on TV and in the movies I thought there was already a lot prayer involved with sex. ;) .... sorry, I couldn't resist.

Notice that the article says, "The 64-page book has been published by the London-based Catholic Truth Society. The group has close links to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales." I'm not sure if that is an official organization of the church so I'm not sure we can say that the Roman Catholic Church is advocating prayer before sex.

Nonetheless, despite it's awkwardness, I love that the church believes sexual relations between a husband and wife to be a sacred, blessed act -- something that can be prayed for and not something to be ignored in our spiritual lives.

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Here is the full text of the prayer:
Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts. Place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites, self-offering that tells the truth and does not deceive, forgiveness that truly receives, loving physical union that welcomes. Open our hearts to you, to each other and to the goodness of your will. Cover our poverty in the richness of your mercy and forgiveness. Clothe us in our true dignity and take to yourself our shared aspirations, for your glory, for ever and ever. Mary, our Mother, intercede for us. Amen.

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