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Spousal Friendship

Spousal Friendship

This is the third of a series of articles outlining Pope St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. The preceding article may be found here. Love lives not only within the lovers—as two numerically and psychologically distinct ...

Ministering to millennials

Born in the late 80’s, I came to youth ministry in the age of worship song hand motions and purity cards. The gay rights debate raged far and away from my Midwestern town of origin…or least severely under the ...

Baptism and the self under siege

One of the most pressing issues we face today is a crisis of the self, which just happens to also be a crisis of being, time, faith, morality, family, society, culture, you name it––a crisis of everything, really. I ...

Guilt vs. shame in an age of sexual indulgence

One of the greatest challenges facing persons who experience same-sex attraction is the conflict between what the secular world tells us will bring us happiness, and our interior feelings. The world sends out messages that we should act upon ...

Chastity and the consolation of Easter

\"It is possible, with God’s grace, for everyone to live a chaste life, including persons experiencing same-sex attraction. To deny that the power of God’s grace enables those with homosexual attractions to live chastely is to deny, effectively, that ...

Love’s Psychological Profile

This is the second of a series of articles outlining Pope St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. You may find the preceding article here. As a consequence of the nature of the human person as an ...

The power of witness

In my undergraduate ministry classes, we heard a common theme. The line was repeated over and over again in every class from all our professors. I even heard a rumor that someone had embroidered it onto a pillow as ...

Courage International launches new site

Courage International recently launched a newly-revamped website, an important step in bringing its message of hope for persons who experience same-sex attractions to a wider audience  While TruthAndLove.com – an initiative of Courage – aims to form priests, pastoral ministers, educators, etc. in understanding the various complexities associated with this ministry, the new Courage site is designed specifically ...

Bodily love: A personal affair 

Human Love in the Divine Plan This is the first of a series of posts outlining Pope St. John Paul II’s thought on the human person and love, human embodiment and sexuality, as found detailed first in Love and Responsibility, ...