To the thirsty, the invitation to come to the water is about coming to the source of all life. Life cannot be sustained without water, so to thirst, reminds us that we are designed to seek life, to nurture life, to cherish the source of all life. Yet this invitation begs the question:What do you thirst for?
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“By peeling away the layers of shame and homophobia, I finally connected with the Spirit of God flowing through me which lifted me out of the darkness and despair.”
How can we help make our Church look more like Christ’s vision of that nourishing plant filled with birds, or of a field that isn’t so choked with weeds?
If I had a quarter for every time someone questioned why I do not leave the Catholic Church, I would have a boatload of money. Being openly transgender and Catholic, folks from nearly every background have quizzed me about why I remain.
On this Father’s Day, some 34 years after the death of my own father, I reflect on my two amazing children, who were the best enablers I could hope for when I came out as a gay man.
Fr. Bryan Massingale observes that Pride is a time of celebration, rejoicing, and reflection on hard-won victories. But in so many ways we are still a people in the wilderness, still on an uncertain and perilous journey.
The church at its origins is a community both intimate and universal; diversity is evident from the outset.
This week, as with the many weeks of our lives, the Gospel invites us to identify with the disciples as they learn from Jesus. But this week things are very different. Jesus is saying goodbye.
The Catholic Diocese of Westminster recently marked the 21st anniversary of a pastoral outreach that welcomes Catholic LGBT+ people, their parents, families, and friends.
National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson reflected on the tension between the timing of “A Secret Love,” the Netflix documentary that affirms queer partnerships, and the Catholic Church’s exclusion of queer people in the workplace and in marriage.
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