An Article On Identity

This article is well worth reading. It’s written by my friend Andrew, who’s a member of Courage. Good stuff here.

Here’s just a taste:

Who Do You Say I Am?

Countless people (yes, even Catholics) try to impose the “gay” identity onto me. They feel that if I want to be honest with myself, I should describe and define myself in that way. Many are quite frank in expressing that if I don’t embrace that identity label, then I must be self-hating, delusional, in denial, mired in shame, and so forth (and really, it’s gettin’ kinda old).

This way of thinking reflects the deeply entrenched (and false) idea that “being gay” or “being straight” is “who we are.” Perhaps this is why people think I must embrace the “gay” identity label in order to live a joyful and fulfilling life. They cannot comprehend that there is another way—a way that I joyfully embrace.

I’m with him: these boxes are gettin’ kinda old. And it’s so doggone patronizing.

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4 thoughts on “An Article On Identity

  1. That video was so well thought out, concise, and to the point…..how unfortunate for us to live in a world that reinforces “sexuality is everything” in a world that over focuses on such a small part of the overall picture of humanity. We’re saturated by human sexuality from A warped media’s attempt to redefine TRUTH…….and what becomes of us? A Spiritual poverty that might take a miracle of grace to recover. BRAVO ANDREW! And Thank You Dan!!!!

  2. This was an article from the The Saturday Evening Post has been taped to my refrigerator door for years……I try never to begin the day without reading it for strength to begin the day……

    MOTHER TERESA’S MESSAGE

    People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered———
    Forgive them anyway……

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives———
    Be kind anyway…….

    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies———
    Succeed anyway……

    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you——–
    Be honest and frank anyway…….

    What you have spent years building, someone could destroy overnight——–
    Build anyway…….

    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous——–
    Be happy anyway…..

    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow———
    Do good anyway……….

    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough———
    Give the world the best you’ve got anyway………

    YOU SEE IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, IT IS BETWEEN YOU AND GOD——–
    It was NEVER between you and them anyway.

    ————Mother Teresa

  3. Wonderful. I was dismayed by the use of the term “homosexuals” in the latest synod’s comment on welcoming “homosexuals” (repentant or not?) into the Catholic Church. I pray this will be addressed and clarified. God bless you and God bless us all. Thank you.

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