"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Monday, September 16, 2013

This looks like me with Tondelli...

But it isn't.

Pier Vittorio Tondelli was born fifty eight years ago on September 14, 1955. 

I think he is an important example for Catholics who struggle with same sex attraction and chastity.  Tondelli repented and was reconciled to the Church not long before his death.
“Tondelli was fascinated with the works of Jewish mysticism, the Imitation of Christ, and the mystics like St. Teresa of Avila. “I love to look through them, to find and read stories, and the idea of holiness,” he wrote.
In 1989, the Italian writer said, “Everyone that has been raised in the bosom of a religion has his own religiosity. I have always tried to seek out not so much a discussion about the Catholic faith, but rather to express my own religiosity—without a doubt in the bosom of Christianity—which seeks out or questions its own positions, especially in confrontation with other authors.”
Speaking about chastity after his conversion, Tondelli called it “a mystic virtue for those who have chosen it and perhaps the most superhuman use of sexuality.”” - Catholic News Agency

Pier Vittorio Tondelli died December 16, 1991.

Prayers for the repose of his soul.



  1. thanks for making us aware of such people...sometimes I think the world needs more Saintly stories that show the trials inherent

  2. Terry, did he openly write/speak about how he felt regarding the Church's teaching on same sex attraction?

  3. You are welcome James.

    Servus - I think he may have, I'm not sure, I find very little on him that is translated, and my Italian is not good.


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