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Theosis: Our Sojourn to the True Self

My thumb rolls over the chotki, knot after knot, I breathe in deeply and think with all my soul; “Lord Jesus Christ only son of God…” I pause, “have mercy on me a sinner…” I exhale. As I do so I picture myself in a void of effervescent light, immersed in a shower of mercy ever encircled by the supreme love of God. In this place, in the depth of my soul, no disordered passions affect me. The singing of Trisagions and Eastern bells on Spotify fills my heart as I continue filing over knot after knot into the interior bliss of meditation facing my icon wall. In this place I am not addicted, I am not broken, I am not gay…I am whole.

Theosis — literally “making divine” — is the term used by Eastern Catholicism and Orthodoxy for the transformative process whose aim is likeness to or union …

No, I DON’T “Call” LGBTQ+ People to Abstinence or Celibacy

If you would like to read the first part, you may find it here.

 

Part II

 

Celibacy, Abstinence, and Chastity

While celibacy, abstinence, and chastity are often lumped together, they are quite distinct, and these distinctions need to be made known if we hope to engage in any meaningful conversation related to sexuality. In short, celibacy relates to the state of being unmarried, abstinence relates to behavior, while chastity is related to the desire in a person’s heart to strive to uphold what God has authored in the realm of sexuality. These are so different that it is true to say that a person can be celibate but not chaste or chaste but not celibate, that a person can be abstinent but not chaste or chaste but not abstinent, and that a person can be celibate but not abstinent or abstinent but not celibate. Given the mass confusion over these words, and the false equation of abstinence/celibacy with chastity, it is obvious that …

No, I DON’T “Call” LGBTQ+ People to Abstinence or Celibacy

Responding to Fr. James Martin Without Responding to Fr. James Martin

 

Preamble

The LGBTQ+ topic is touching the hearts and lives of more and more Catholic families every day. As such, we must more than ever strive to equip ourselves with the necessary tools to respond appropriately to the Catholic faith. While there may not be a complete set of instructions that will tell a person how to precisely respond in every circumstance, there are some overarching principles of our faith that we can look towards for guidance. While some of those principles are non-negotiable, or perhaps are even doctrinal, we must still remember that how we present them will make a world of difference.
Additionally, these guiding principles will not only help us counter the messages from the culture, but will also help equip us for when we are responding to dissenting Catholics. These people, often emboldened by well-known Catholic personalities such as …