Monthly Archives: December 2014

What would Jesus do?

In this article at The Catholic Thing, Father Paul Scalia thoughtfully addresses the question of “what would Jesus do?” This was the question Creighton University President, Father Timothy Lannon, SJ, asked himself, prior to providing same-sex “spouses” health care benefits.

In The Gospel “Welcome”, Fr. Scalia notes that Christ’s love and welcome always are accompanied by a demand of repentance, and in fact, His welcome is an invitation to repentance, to conversion.

And those words get to the heart of what a welcome means. As much as we want to be welcome and invited, we also know that every invitation has expectations. Every welcome mat has also the understanding that we cannot do whatever we please when we walk through the door. “Many are invited, but few are chosen,” because not all shape their lives according to the invitation’s demands.

To the world, the Gospel Welcome must appear odd indeed. It is a welcome. . .to repentance. It is an invitation. . .to change of heart. He welcomes all who will repent, all who avail themselves of His forgiveness and healing – all who, acknowledging their sin and ignorance, embrace His grace and truth. It is indeed the most important welcome for sinful humanity: a welcome to His Sacred Heart. . .provided we recognize our need for it.

It is only in accepting that invitation to repentance that each of us can begin the process of dying to ourselves, taking up our cross, and following Him.

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Communicating with loved ones

A friend who is a Courage member speaks with Mary Ann Jepsen in this interview about how to communicate with loved ones, for her radio program Family Sanctuary. The interview aired on November 3 and is available online, here (Family Sanctuary). It is very touching to hear this young man describe his return to the Catholic faith, and his struggle to reconcile how God could love him.

Some gems from his interview include:

  • the Church does not impose shame and guilt on us;
  • and just because someone identifies as gay, does not mean that they are sexually active.

Things to keep in mind when a loved one “comes out” to you:

  • they are taking a huge risk to reveal themselves;
  • receive them where they are and love them;
  • orient them towards Christ;
  • strive to be the living example for why they would choose to turn to Christ;
  • listen and walk with them.

 

 

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Paul is interviewed on Family Sanctuary

Paul Darrow, one of the three of us profiled in the film Desire of the Everlasting Hills, is interviewed by Mary Ann Jepsen for her radio program Family Sanctuary. The interview covers two hours of the show, aired on December 1 and December 8, and they are now available online, just click on the dates.

If you haven’t watched the movie yet, I ask you to watch it. It is very helpful to understand the lengths our Lord goes to, to bring us back to his fold. It is a story of redemption, applicable to all of us, not just those who experience same-sex attraction.

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