Friday, August 30, 2013

Persecution.



In Egypt, and in Syria, we are looking at real persecution of Christians today.  As gays we would be similarly persecuted in these same countries.  So we have a double title to lose our lives.  However, gays are, in fact, persecuted in an unbloody manner within the Christian community.   


We should pray that the reality, today, of true persecution of Christians on account of their faith, will help Christians to forget their paltry subjective concerns about inconsequential matters like homosexuality and concentrate on what it means to be a Christian, stepping out in love of the God Incarnate whose presence we find in every brother and sister.  We should also pray for the martyrs in Egypt and Syria and that the persecution will cease.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Nice Testimony.



A reader writing about the other day’s post:  I have to agree that today’s posting, “Porn Broadens” does in fact broaden one’s prospective. As I have indicated in previous e-mails I consider myself straight. As a collector of pornography for many years I avoided pornography featuring homosexuals. I purchased some videos featuring guys masturbating, many with uncut cocks. Watching these videos began to change my thinking and I began to look for pornography featuring guys with uncut cocks. Needless to say, many of the videos featured more than masturbation. 
I then met my friend and spending time with him naked I was able to appreciate the sight of an uncut cock up close. Subsequently in future meeting we played with each other’s cock and balls and masturbated each other. As you know, I now look forward to sucking his cock when we can meet. I attribute my change to watching homosexual pornography which I now watch as much as heterosexual. While I still have an aversion to anal sex, I do like watching oral sex between two men.”  Always interesting to see how things work in the lives of other people!




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Inclusion


The Pope at Sunday’s Angelus spoke, as he has many times, about God being always ready to forgive.  I was struck with how this is the basis of an inclusive society and Church.  The Pope said that no need to think “I have done such nasty things, God cannot forgive me, I am shut out.”  The Pope said simply, it is not like that.  But it occurred to me that though God is ready to forgive many church-people’s attitudes are more toward exclusion, of gays, of the divorced and re-married, for example.  The Pope said:
 “La porta che è Gesù non è mai chiusa, questa porta non è mai chiusa, è aperta sempre e a tutti, senza distinzione, senza esclusioni, senza privilegi. Perché, sapete, Gesù non esclude nessuno. Qualcuno di voi forse potrà dirmi: "Ma, Padre, sicuramente io sono escluso, perché sono un gran peccatore: ho fatto cose brutte, ne ho fatte tante, nella vita". No, non sei escluso! Precisamente per questo sei il preferito, perché Gesù preferisce il peccatore, sempre, per perdonarlo, per amarlo. Gesù ti sta aspettando per abbracciarti, per perdonarti. Non avere paura: Lui ti aspetta. Animati, fatti coraggio per entrare per la sua porta. Tutti sono invitati a varcare questa porta, a varcare la porta della fede, ad entrare nella sua vita, e a farlo entrare nella nostra vita, perché Lui la trasformi, la rinnovi, le doni gioia piena e duratura.”  
 
 (Translation: "The door that is Jesus is never closed, this door is never closed; it is always open and to everyone, without distinction, without exclusions, without privileges, because, as you know, Jesus does not exclude anyone. One might try to tell me: “But, Father, surely I am excluded, because I am a great sinner: I have done ugly things, many ugly things in my life.” No, you are not excluded! Precisely because of this you are preferred, because Jesus prefers the sinner, always, to forgive him. Jesus is always waiting for you, to embrace you, to forgive you. Do not be afraid: he is waiting for you. Wake up, take heart to enter his door. Everyone is invited to enter by this door, to enter the door of faith, to enter into his life, and to let him enter our life, so that he transform it, renew it, give us complete and lasting joy". )



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Porn Broadens



My friend at iama[GAY]keeper , (see “My Blogs” list) has an interesting post about what you might call the character broadening effect of porn.  What it comes down to is that guys who watch porn go against the received attitudes on sex.  Therefore, they develop a broader more tolerant attitude to many sexual practices, including the fact that straight men become tolerant of homosexuality.   

I recall a priest collegue who, thirty or forty years ago, used to distribute porn to the young men he had in formation because he said it was so broadening.  At the time, most of his colleagues were confiscating the stuff from their charges for the purpose of burning it!  Obviously he was way ahead of his time because what iama[GAY]keeper  is talking about is a study sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the results of which just came out.
 




Sunday, August 25, 2013

Judge Not 4



Saint Paul writing to the Corinthians in his first letter to them gives another slant on the Christian attitude of not judging.  His outlook is based on the view that God is not looking to judge or condemn, but to commend.  He says that if he judges himself nothing immediately strikes him as out of order with the Christian life, but that does not mean that there is not something of which he is not conscious.  But that, he says, is God’s affair.  Christian’s should not be judging one another before the Lord’s day of judgment.  So that means never!  Ultimately this teaching underpins the nearly forgotten Catholic doctrine of respect for the primacy of the individual conscience.  It would seem that in the context of following out our enhanced male sexual path the primacy of our individual conscience and the respect due to it by others within and without the Church has a very important role to play.


Saint Paul actually writes: “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required of
stewards that they be found trustworthy.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself.  I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.  Then every man will receive his commendation from God.”