My answer is embarrassingly earnest: I cling to the Church because I find God here. I recite the creed, and I really mean it.
This is where the past experiences an individual can have with a term may influence their understanding of it.
I always was taught in Catholic school that there were two comings of Christ- once 2000 years ago, and once in the future at the end of all things. I see things a bit differently now.
I can’t create a square-circle.
I can’t rhyme with the color purple.
I can’t divide by the zero number.
I can’t marry my beloved partner.
Teresa of Avila so poignantly speaks of our interior castles. So, how is your interior castle? Have you spruced it up for the holidays? What inner chambers need a renovation? And, how many rooms are there to spare to welcome the stranger? You are the master of your castle, though, no one else.
Jesus Christ, it’s great that you have your flock, my man, but should we queer people even want to be a part of it? Yes. I’d like to think ‘yes’.
The truth of our dignity is difficult to fully see. We are born into a world where it is easier to hurt than to heal, easier to be brutal than to be gentle, easier to curse than to bless, and so we are left wounded in the darkness of doubt and anxiety, struggling to see how wonderful we are in our particularness.
On Pentecost Sunday 2014, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims, “Listen up. If the Church is alive, it must always surprise.
I think it’s worth starting here, not because it is the most important part of the queer community to understand, but because it is where the Catholic Church always starts
Wherever you find yourself these days, whether grateful for a new community and relationship you’ve formed or even overwhelmed by so many things going on, you (Yes, YOU) and all of us are called to holiness and to love.