GAY MARRIAGE -BOTH SIDES

I DID A BLOG ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. I GOT SOME VERY GOOD REPLIES BOTH FROM PEOPLE WHO AGREE WITH ME AND THE CHURCH AND SOME THAT BELIEVE THAT GAYS HAVE THE RIGHT TO MARRY TO BE HAPPY. So I would like to add a little more. I understand that I am not going to solve the problem and it is going to take years to come to a conclusion. I agree that everyone is entitled to be happy. Someone said you can’t help whom you fall in love with, and that is probably true. What you do with that love is what makes all the difference. I don’t expect everyone to change their opinion, but I think it is good to know why we don’t all agree on gay marriage.

So lets say the Catholic Church, after years of reviewing scripture and studying the tradition set by the apostles before scripture was written and given the obligation by Christ to build His Church to help us all get to Heaven, must instruct us on the best way to get there? And, if so, and if the conclusion is the homosexual acts, not the homosexual but the actions is wrong and will not get that person to Heaven, mustn’t they tell the truth? Even if it makes that person unhappy? If a child wants to do something that will make him happy, but it is dangerous for him, isn’t his parent going to say no?
Here is another article from Catholic Answers that may answer some questions. I believe the last paragraph says it all.

FROM: CATHOLIC ANSWERS:
The Catholic Church takes a very high view of marriage and human sexuality. As the account of Genesis shows, marriage and sexuality were created by God and given to mankind as gifts for our benefit. Scripture records God’s statement that “it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Gen. 2:18). As a result, “a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). Some may forego the good of marriage to serve a higher calling (cf. Matt. 19:10-12), but it is a good nevertheless.
Marriage is a conduit through which God’s grace flows to the couple and their children.1 The Catholic Church understands marriage between a baptized man and woman to be a sacrament, a visible sign of the grace that God gives them to help them live their lives here and now so as to be able to join him in eternity.2 For Catholics, marriage is social as well as religious, but its religious aspects are very important. The Bible repeatedly compares the relationship between man and wife to that between God and Israel (cf. Hos. 9:1) or between Christ and his Church (cf. Eph. 5:21-32). For Catholics, marriage is a holy vocation.
Since the Church sees marriage as holy, it believes it must be treated with reverence. It also recognizes that marriage is basic to the health of society and therefore a public institution that must be defended against harm.
Marriage is a public institution. Consequently, proposals that could harm the institution of marriage must be subjected to the same sort of objective analysis that we give any public policy question. Marriage is not just a private matter of emotion between two people. On the contrary, its success or failure has measurable impact on all of society. Rational analysis yields solid, objective reasons for limiting marriage to one man and one woman-reasons anyone can agree with on purely secular grounds.
Our analysis will show that prohibition of homosexual marriage is not just a “fairness” issue, nor does it require anyone to “force religious dogma” down anyone else’s throat. Nor is it a manifestation of hatred, as proponents sometimes suggest.

How do you answer the charge that the Catholic Church or opposition to same-sex marriage is “homophobic”?
The term homophobic refers to fear of homosexuality. This term often is used by homosexual activists to end rational discussion of the issue by accusing their opponents of having an irrational fear. This is unjust. One can disagree with and be critical of a behavior without having a fear of it. When the charge of “homophobia” is made, it signifies that those making the accusation do not have reasoned responses to their critics, so they switch to portraying their critics as irrational rather than responding to their arguments.
While the Church does recognize homosexuality as disordered, this does not mean that the Church is uncompassionate to those who suffer from the disorder. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies . . . must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”3

We have to remember that all people are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated as such, no matter what their behavior. We make a distinction between person and behavior, sometimes expressed as “hate the sin, love the sinner.” The Catechism describes homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered”: “They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”4
So we deplore acts of discrimination or unkindness against homosexual persons, but we insist on speaking the truth about the nature of homosexual acts. This is not a phobia. It is compassion together with frank recognition of the nature of a disordered condition.

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This is my last article on gay marriage. I hope this helps everyone understand the position of the Catholic and most Christians and Christian Churches. I think it is important to realize that we can agree to disagree at this point in time. If you know a homosexual male or female that is looking for answers to how to be happy in their life you will lead them to the Catholic Church for Counseling and Retreats. These sessions help a person to understand what they can do to have a fulfilling life and to be happy and untimately get to Heaven.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: GOD OUR FATHER, you sent your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to bring us back from the ways of blind disobedience to the reign of light where your love rules all hearts. Keep us faithful to the gift you have given through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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LORD, I’LL GO WHEREEVER YOU WANT ME TO GO….

I AM READING A BOOK BY SCOTT & KIMBERLY HAHN CALLED “ROME SWEET HOME-OUR JOURNEY TO CATHOLICISM.  I will write more about it later. Right now I am going to write the prayer that Kimberly’s father, a Protestant minister told her he says every morning and suggested she say it also.  I believe I will attempt to learn and say it too.

PRAYER:  “LORD, I’ll go wherever you want me to go, do whatever you want me to do, say whatever you want me to say and give away whatever you want me to give away.”  If we truly believe that the Lord is leading us and that He knows what is best for us, it seems this is an awesome prayer to say every day.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.  

Now, I am headed to bed because I am going fishing early in the AM. 

CONNIE’S MEMORIES, CONT’D.

My sister just reminded me that my father bought the shoe repair shop from a retiring cobbler in 1945, the year she was born.  That explains why a lot of my earliest memories are with my father coming home at 5PM and home on Sat.  After he bought the business he came home for lunch for 1 1/2 hrs. for dinner and rest and home for supper at 6PM. Many nights he went back to work and many nights he brought hand sowing home on shoes like moccasins.   He also worked until 5 on Sat. and he was such a sweetheart he would actually meet women before and after Mass on Sun. so they could have their good shoes for church.   We don’t know how many people he let pay him on time, but since no one had any money after the war which ended in 1945, we imagine there were a lot. I think he kept a record on little pieces of paper.  My mother kept the books since she was experienced in that area.  She brought a lot of things home on little notebook paper and she had to make sense of the ordering. My mother always spent part of Sun. afternoon doing the books.

Can you imagine the courage of a young couple buying a small business and expanding it big enough to support a growing family?  It is still there by the way, owned by my brother. It is LaCasse Shoe Repair in Skowhegan. He still does excellent work.