Welcome to Tabard Inn, a podcast about the stories we tell and the events we discuss while on pilgrimage as Queer Catholics!
We need not despair. Injustice and repression are real and worthy of grief, but even your silence is holy. Your presence itself is a sign of resistance. You change the spaces you inhabit by merely existing in them.
There are moments in all of our lives when ego and pride take over. It is foolish to think that anyone is exempt from this temptation. We see ourselves as "better than..." We become the Pharisee.
In my personal case I like to ask God to free me from living the Faith as a source of fear and guilt, as I was used to for many years, and to help me to be authentic and to be able to love those around me from that authenticity.
It’s important to make a distinction between healing and assimilating here: imagine the priests see the error of their ways in excluding these people, and now that they see the humanness in the healed people their entire ministry and liturgy change!
Dear younger self, I want to let you know that I heard you, I saw you crying, and I watched you praying, for I was there too. I get it. Being queer has never been easy in our society, but being both Catholic and queer surely is an existential crisis.