What is the sex act?

By Tom Quiner

Flannery O’Connor was a great American writer and essayist who died 50 years ago.images

The never-married Ms. O’Connor was also a staunch Catholic who viewed sex through the prism of her faith, as beautifully expressed with this quote:

“The sex act is a religious act, and when it occurs without God it is a mock act or at best an empty act. …Two people can remain ‘in love’ … only if their common desire for one another unites in a greater desire for God.”


  1. mik1999 on October 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Not being religious I could agree that sex without love or god is an empty act – as is watching tv, playing video games …. A whole range of things we do for fun that lack a greater purpose

    • Shawn Pavlik on October 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Seems pretty empty.

      • mik1999 on October 7, 2014 at 2:24 pm

        any more empty than those other things (ie watching TV). All of our lives a filled with a combination of things with meaning and things that lack meaning, Wouldn’t you agree? What makes sex so inherently sacred

  2. mik1999 on October 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I can see that argument, that for those who believe that God places special meaning in sex any act of sex should be somewhat sacred. Personally, I find the obsessive nature with which religious people deal with sex to be ‘interesting’ to say the least. But I can see you point.