I am often asked about my conversion from the gay life back to the Catholic faith, about how exactly that took place. The question amuses me a bit because it is so often asked in the course of my first conversation with a new EnCourage parent. I frequently get the feeling that they are looking for the magic bullet, the secret formula, the-one-best-argument they can use with their own child to turn him or her away from the gay path. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: June 2014
St. Monica, patron of Christian parents,
we entrust to your protection,
the children whose names you can read in our hearts.
Pray for them,
that they may be granted strength to combat weakness,
victory over temptation,
guidance to resolve their doubts, and
success in all their undertakings.
May they enjoy good health of mind and body,
see beauty and worth in all created things,
and serve the Lord with firm faith, joyful hope and enduring love.
Jesus says, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 ) This life on earth is not all there is, and so it comes with suffering and trials. And it is a most fundamental teaching of the Catholic faith that we all have our crosses to bear. We can bear them willingly and with grace, or we can drag them along, fighting and complaining.
So, why the title Monica’s Cross? This site has been created to serve parents, families and friends of people who experience same sex attraction. It is under the protection of St. Monica, who is well known for her persistence in prayer for the conversion of her son Augustine of Hippo. She prayed and prayed, for more than 17 years, for his conversion to the Catholic faith. Eventually, he converted, and by the end of his life, he died a Bishop. So, St. Monica is the patron saint of mothers, and uniquely suited to aid all of those whose children are struggling with difficult issues.