Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 79–90 | Cite as


  • Henri J. M. Nouwen


Celibacy is described as a witness to the inner sanctum, the holy, empty space in human life. By making this space visible, the celibate man or woman affirms and proclaims that all human intimacy finds its deepest meaning and fulfillment when experienced and lived as a participation in intimacy with God himself. The author explores this meaning of the celibate life by discussing the world in which the celibate lives, the nature of the witness the celibate offers the world, and the way of life through which this witness is affirmed and enhanced.


Human Life Cross Cultural Psychology Empty Space Deep Meaning Celibate Life 
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Reference Note

  1. 1.
    Thomas Hora,Existential Metapsychiatry (New York: Seabury Press, 1977), p. 32.Google Scholar

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© Human Sciences Press 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henri J. M. Nouwen
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale Divinity SchoolUSA

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