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“When a wise man debates with a fool, the fool rages and laughs”…-Proverbs 29-9
O God, when others were ready to condemn Mary Magdalene,
Jesus accepted her with all her imperfections.
She in turn accepted Your Son as her Saviour.
It was to St. Mary Magdalene, before all others,
that Jesus committed the message of Easter joy.
Through her intercession, may we proclaim Christ
as our living Lord and one day contemplate Him reigning in glory.
Saint Mary Magdalene,
woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.
You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy.
Saint Mary Magdalene is my hero because she let go of her pride and accepted Christ’s forgiveness. Her relationship with Christ and her faith is testimony that none of us can ever fall so far away from grace that we are unforgivable. Mary, a former prostitute/adulteress, never left Jesus during His passion or at the foot of the cross. She was the first to see Him in glory after the resurrection. She represents hope and faith for all who have fallen and struggle with chastity.
Thank you. :) And yes you have a right it be curious. It’s a highly complex and controversial issue!
Gays have rights. Anyone can follow their sexual desires. God has given us the right, once again free will, along with our salvation to do what we please. But our bodies belong to God, as it says in scripture. We aren’t made for immorality.
Just because something is a right, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right or moral. Women have a right to abort their babies at any stage of pregnancy in this country. It’s a RIGHT they have according to governmental law, but according to moral law this is completely unjust.
Homosexuals & heterosexuals according to God possess the exact rights - free will.
But this doesn’t mean that we have to pass a law that acknowledges homosexual relationships and true marriage or natural. According to moral law, spiritual law & the natural order homosexuality is wrong. It is maltreatment of our bodies. I don’t believe that homosexuality in itself is a sin, but acting on it is. Think about it in blatant physiology. Our bodies are made for each other, man and woman. We are made like puzzle pieces, to fit into one another and become one. As it says in Genesis chapter 2, “This is why a MAN leaves his father and mother and clings to his WIFE (WOMAN) and the two become ONE flesh.”
If this is true, and as a Christian I know it to be, two men or two women cannot be joined in this manner. God did not intend for us to. It is unnatural.
A friend of mine did a debate and sent me his notes on this issue, and I think that would truly better summerize this for you.
sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one’s own sex. (dictionary.com)
How homosexuality stems from the contraceptive mentality: (from the article “What is the Contraceptive Mentality” by Craig Carter, a protestant)
What is the contraceptive mentality: “Naturalistic reduction of the process of human reproduction to a strictly human endeavor from which God is absent. The contraceptive mentality takes God out of the picture of creating a new human. (procreation) The couple decides when it is feasible, or convenient to conceive a child. “It turns procreation into a project of the human will alone.” From Craig Carter’s blog.
Conception and birth of a child becomes the parent’s project. Parents control the outcome. If pregnancy comes at inconvenient time it may lead to abortion.
How does homosexuality stem from this contraceptive mentality?
In the past, society always held that sex was proper to married couples because a child conceived had the right to a stable home with a mother and father.
If we eliminate the possibility of conceiving a child (contracepting) then it is not as compelling to restrict sex to married couples.
So, if married people can enjoy sex without concern of conceiving, why can’t unmarried people do the same including homosexuals.
This separation of procreation (the first purpose of marriage) from marital intimacy in our society leads to problems. (going down a slippery slope)
In addition, withholding one’s fertility by using contraception causes the couple to not give themselves completely to one another. The bonding which is the second purpose of the marriage act is weakened.
The purpose of sex is not to have children anymore, it’s more directed at the couple’s pleasure. This can result in homosexual acts. This is how contraception makes sex sterile. If pleasure is the purpose of sex, then why not seek pleasure in deviant forms of sexuality. Contraception can lead to a homosexual mindset.
Gay couples (incapable of producing a child) begin to demand the same benefits of marriage. Many heterosexual couples remain childless today by choice (contraception). They marry whether they intend to have children or not.
Of course most heterosexual couples do have children. But if we decide the marital act can be rendered sterile once where do we draw the line?
From article “Contraception’s a Slippery Slope to Homosexual Union” by Stephen Gabriel.
Relating this back to the encyclical Casti Cannubii“Each and every marital act must be open to generation of life.”
“If the generative powers are not used in accordance with nature ,for example contraceptives, the generative powers are frustrated.”
These two phrases from Casti Connbii eliminate homosexual sex as natural or permissible.
When homosexuals use their sexual “powers”, it is by the nature of the act, or the sex of the couple involved against church teaching regarding the purpose of the marriage act and the purpose of nature. (according to Casti Connubii paragraph 8). Homosexual sex isn’t complementary. And Homosexual sex isn’t open to life.
In addition, God gave human couples the gift of their fertility to conceive and continue the human race. Homosexuality must be against nature or the human race would die out. (Casti Connubiiparagraph 11)
Problems and Myths of homosexuality:
Homosexual conduct is not harmful to one’s health.
A: Homosexuals of both sexes remain 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexuals and 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide successfully. Thirty years ago this was largely thought to be due to social rejection, but the numbers remain stable since then despite greater acceptance of homosexuality. (www.catholic.com/library/gay_marriage.asp
Study after study shows that male and female homosexuals have much higher rates of interpersonal maladjustment, depression, conduct disorder, childhood abuse both sexual and violent, domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse, anxiety, and dependency on psychiatric care more than heterosexuals, sexually transmitted diseases ie. AIDS and other STD’s. as well as certain other diseases.www.catholic.com/library/gay_marriage.asp.
Life expectancy of homosexual men was only 48 years before aids virus came. Now down to 38 years. Only 2 % of homosexual men live past age sixty-five. www.catholic.com/library/gay_marrigae.asp.
From these examples it is clear that homosexual sex isn’t safe as Planned Parenthood says it is.
Problem: How do we combat these problems and diseases of homosexuals?
People with homosexual attraction need to be shown that the way to overcome these problems and diseases is to live a life of chastity and self mastery.
Though chastity can be hard, it is necessary to completely follow Christ. Through serving Christ in chastity and by uniting their suffering with those of Christ on the Cross, those with homosexual orientation will find great fulfillment in this life, and in the next.
2. argument: Homosexuality is a free choice of the “partners” It doesn’t hurt anyone Human Life International website pedophiia/molestation.
Studies show (Human Life International) that the majority of men who are homosexual are attracted to young boys. Homosexuality encourages pedophilia, so it is a myth that no one is hurt and that is always a free act of both partners. (see article from the Family Research Council)
Also, the incidence of child abuse among homosexuals is significantly higher than in the heterosexual population. (FRC)
Again, homosexuals need to be counseled to live a life of chastity. The homosexual attraction is not sinful in itself. It is the choice to act upon this attraction which is sinful.
3. arguments: Homosexuals are born that way.
There is no conclusive evidence from research. Homosexuality results from a complex mix of developmental factors. Studies of the early 1990’s support this genetic link, but today it is clear that these studies were seriously flawed. (small sample sizes, flawed).
4. argument: Homosexual relationships are just the same as heterosexual relationships except for the gender.
A homosexual couple cannot by natural means procreate any children at all. Their union goes against nature. Since their union is not open to life which is a criteria for true marriage, their relationships are drastically different from most heterosexual relationships. God’s plan for marriage is for the children to have both a mother and a father. This doesn’t happen in homosexual unions. A child raised in a homosexual home will be raised in an unnatural and problematic setting (identity crisis possiblilty, confusion on natural order).
How are homosexuals prevented from forming unions or “marriages” and sometimes adopting children? Six states have legalized “Gay Marriage”.
Catholic Charities in these states has had to pull out of adoption services.
Casti Connubii again states that every marriage act needs to be open to life. Homosexuality isn’t. Also, homosexuality sterilizes sex as it isn’t open to life. This causes a weakened bond between heterosexuals who contracept as well as homosexual couples who engage in homosexual sex. Children need to have a stable family life with a mother and a father who are committed to each other in a strong marriage.
5. argument: 10 percent of the population is gay.
In truth, less than 3% of American adults identify themselves as homosexuals or bisexuals. This distortion goes back to Alfred Kinsey’s flawed studies of the 1940’s.
It is clear to see how the homosexual mindset stemmed from the contraceptive mentality. This mindset did not occur overnight, grew over the previous decades of the last century. By separating the procreative nature of sex with contraception our society has weakened marriage and allowed for sex outside of marriage, homosexual sex, pedophilia, and a myriad of diseases and problems.
…”If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him.” (2 Timothy 2:12) Christ’s labors and sufferings, accepted of His own free will, have marvelously sweetened all suffering and all labor. And not only by His example, but by His grace and by the hope held forth of everlasting recompense, has He made pain and grief more easy to endure; “for that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, worked for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory.” (2 Corinthians 4:17) …”
-Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII (May. 15th, 1891)
“Love”, it’s rather a funny little word isn’t it? We hear the word “love” every day, everywhere we go. Surrounding us. We know what it means, right? Or do we really?
We can “love” a special someone, and on the other hand we really “love” tacos from Taco Bell at 11 pm on a weekend. Sometimes these can be said in quite the same manner. Is a person the same value to us as a taco? I certainly hope not! lol :P
But it’s true. We’re all guilty of it (me included). We LOVE Christmas carols, we LOVE that amazing band we saw in concert last night, we LOVE that attractive actor or actress, we LOVE sleeping, we LOVE tumblr…you get the idea. But let’s look at the meaning of “love” from Christ’s point of view, I’m sure most of you have heard it half a billion times: “No greater love does any man have than this - to lay down his life for a friend.” So according to the Bible, “love” this simple little word, truly means something deeper than a taco. It’s sacrifice, but not just any sacrifice…the ULTIMATE sacrifice.
Now I’m NOT willing to DIE for Christmas carols…they’re great, but not that great honestly. Panic! at the Disco is my favorite band…but given the circumstances I can’t say with 100% certainty that I would lay down my LIFE for them. I wouldn’t lay on the train tracks in front of an approaching train for Christian Bale or James Franco (2 of my FAVE actors lol). I wouldn’t die for sleeping - though I may die without it eventually…but that’s another topic. Anyway and as much as I care about all of you and spend a LOT of my free time on this blog, I would NOT die for tumblr.
But I would most certainly die, without a hesitation or a second of doubt, for those I love. And that means something.
Unfortunately our society has distorted the definition of love, degraded it, defaced its intended beauty, distorted our idea of “true love” and overall made us less desiring of it. Because if love is nothing more than a taco or watching Christian Bale in all of my favorite movies, then in all honesty it truly isn’t anything THAT special.
For instance in the world we live in today we can say “I love you” to someone and they may chuckle “Yeah I love you too…” or in a text “haha i luv ya 2 :)” [i HATE that]. If love is the ultimate sacrifice then it is no laughing matter.
When you LOVE someone you want to shout it from the rooftops, you want to scream it at the top of your lungs, you want to burst with joy, you want everyone to know…especially the one. But see since “love” is so overused, people are often afraid to say it. They think that if it’s said too much then it won’t be believable, or it will be taken for granted and said haphazardly. I believe that when you love someone, this NEVER happens. “I love you” can’t be overused, or said too many times. Honestly I never want to stop saying it.
When I say “I love you”, I SINCERELY mean it. NO haha’s or LOL’s. I MEAN IT. Because love is sacrifice, and if I wouldn’t lay down my life for you, I don’t LOVE you and certainly I wouldn’t say “I love you” because that would be a lie - and I am many many things, but not a liar.
Love is a divine word. The most beautiful thing that God has given us the freedom and capability to say is, “I love you”. It is my belief that we were all created and put on this earth to say “I love you”. And if “I love you” was all you ever said in your whole life, those three simple words, you would die having lived a successful and fulfilling life.
So the whole point of this was to say, don’t think you can overuse the words “I love you”. If you love someone, by all means TELL them. As often as you like, any way you know how. Life is too short to never have loved, or never having told someone what they mean to you. If you love someone, you NEED to tell them every day at least once “I love YOU”. If you tell them more than once, it’s even better. Love feeds our souls, makes us stronger. Love is WHO we ARE.
Love cannot be overused or overdone.
Nothing divine can ever be meaningless.
If you love someone you are on a pathway to holiness.
Because TRUE LOVE is holiness.
God bless you all
58% of American teens are virgins. So don’t even try to tell me that “everyone is doing it”, because that’s a lie and I don’t buy it for a second. I refuse to believe that all teenagers fail to control their hormones and “whore” around.We aren’t animals. Yes we are flawed beings who are still trying to find our place in this world, but in the core of our being we just desire to be loved…and many of us fail to recognize what that means.
(And according to a national study released in october, the rate of sexual activity in guys is going down twice as much as it was before…so ladies, not EVERY guy wants to “get in your pants”. There are still honorable men out there, you just have to look.)
1: Being a virgin does not make you better than everyone else. Having sex does not make you a “whore,” nor does it mean that you “whore around.” That would mean that you receive money for sexual favors, and even if that’s the case, “whore” is a derogatory term and you should wipe it from your vocabulary when referring to happy, healthy, sexually active people.
2: Just because “58%” of teens aren’t having sex (and I’d like to see where you found that statistic) doesn’t mean that teens in general aren’t having sex or shouldn’t have sex at all. Sex is a personal choice, and if you want to do it, you should be allowed to without self-righteous “pure” people like you trying to degrade them at every turn.
3: We are animals. Just because we have cognizance and rational thought does not mean we are not animals with animal desires. But guess what? Those desires and urges are 100% natural, and condemning them and shaming people who engage in them is wrong.
4: Men are not the only people who like sex and seek it out. There’s as many women trying to get into men’s pants as there are men trying to get into women’s pants. Sex drive is not reserved for one gender.
5: Just because someone has sex or wants sex does not mean they are not “honorable.” And honestly, are we in the 15th century? “Honorable?” I’d rather have an honest, down-to-earth, friendly man who can be open with me about all aspects of life, including sex, then someone who parades under the guise of false honor through some ill conceived ”sexual purity.”
BTW: You post reeks of the “virgin/whore” dichotomy without any regard to the nature of sex, and the reasons people have sex. It’s inherently one sided and crude.
Thank you, and goodbye.
Hi! Thank you for so boldly stating your concern about my inherent crude and one-sided stance on my sexuality and sexuality in particular. I appreciate seeing opposing sides, because I like trying to understand how people think. It seems that you and I view things in a dramatically different light.
However I am not sorry if you found what I said to be offensive, because that is my view/belief/opinion. I am as much entitled to stating it as you are. And your blog is just focused upon your beliefs and endeavors to advocate them, as is mine.
I do truly respect the fact that you present your argument thoroughly and intellectually. J And you do have a very valid argument, but mind you that I do also.
Never once have I stated that I hold myself above anyone else. The image used in that post is from a tshirt – which I own. Displaying a message that says “virginity rocks” doesn’t mean I think that I’m better than anyone else. No more than someone wearing a shirt with “support gay rights” on it, would make them better than people who don’t support that. It’s silly to think so. The beauty of being American is that we do have freedom of speech and freedom of religion. J
I hate the term “whore” and that’s why I put it in parenthesis initially. I was in no way trying to judge those who are sexually active. I don’t think that people who fornicate are evil, “sluts”, “whores” or any other derogatory term you can think of. I have friends who have been or are sexually active, and that fact doesn’t make me love them any more or less. But not all sexually active people are “happy”, that’s generalizing. But you can’t argue that society has ever respected such persons, none the less.
I’m very well read on this issue and I make it my business to be. I’m a speaker and advocate of a chaste lifestyle, I’m written various talks, presentations and led conferences on the issue of sexuality. I’ve spoken at various venues, to varying crowd sizes, races/religions/ethnicities/genders/backgrounds. I’m part of a national organization called Family Honor, who’s mission it is to spread a message of virtue and confidence in each individual’s identity – especially focused on teens. I’m extremely active in this ministry and I’m pursuing a college degree in ministry. The statistic you were skeptical of came from Jason Evert. I personally had a conversation with him and he shared this information from a recent poll that was taken on a national scale (released by the National Health Federation in October 2011). Jason Evert is a critically acclaimed international speaker, show host/creator, producer, best-selling author of over 10 books, and a founder of his own publishing company. He’s a credible and valid source that I often turn to. (if you’re interested his website is www.chastity.com)
I don’t think that sex is bad, and that’s not my point whatsoever. In the beginning of the Bible, God says to the first man and woman (Adam & Eve) “Be fruitful and multiply. Take dominion over the earth and subdue it.” (if you’re skeptical about that, it’s Genesis chapter 2) He was telling them to have sex. SEX IS A BEAUTIFUL THING! But there is a time and place for everything. We were all created with sexual organs and sexual desires for a reason. We are made to be united that way – man and woman. We fit into each other like perfect puzzle pieces. I don’t walk around professing that I have no sex-drive, because that’s a lie. Being a virgin doesn’t mean I’m a prude or I see sex as evil, and I’m better than everyone because I don’t give into my sexual desires. It means that I truly revere and respect my body enough to save it from abuse, disease and broken hearts. I’d rather not be used, or hurt. Yes sex is a choice made between people who are in love. It means that they are open to life, and expressing the love they have for each other. And no I’m not a “self-righteous pure person” trying to “degrade” sexually active couples at every turn. That’s absolutely ridiculous.
Sex is a gift. It’s when you become one with another, heart, body and soul. I don’t want to share that with just anyone. When you have sex your body releases hormones that make a couple bond chemically. That chemical bond is what creates a commitment physically. This is a scientific fact. It’s also a fact that after you’ve had 2 sexual partners, your body stop emitting that chemical = no bond. Sex is a gift, like I said, it’s an act of true love. It’s opening up yourself and offering up yourself, and your vulnerability. It is the most beautiful thing we are created to do. And honestly, I cannot wait to share that with my husband! Sex is a commitment, and I will be solely committed to him alone. I don’t see anything wrong with that, because there isn’t.
WE ARE NOT ANIMALS. Animals rely and react on their instincts. They are carnal beings. They cannot act with virtue or prudence. They aren’t programmed to. Humans have emotions – passion, desire, lust, love, greed, compassion, resentment, ect. Animals don’t. We have souls, we can sense love and loss, companionship and betrayal. We know hurt and heartbreak. All of us desire love. We were made in love, to love. We long for one another because we were MADE for one another. There’s nothing wrong with that. Sexual desire and lust are two totally different aspects of man’s personality. We are able to control our emotions and desires. We aren’t controlled by our passions. As humans we are capable of love but we’re also capable of refraining. Unlike animals, we make a commitment when we love. Animals are led by instincts that they can’t control, that’s just how they are created. Men are not. Unfortunately a lot of us act like animals when we act on our sex drive without prudence.
No sex means NO LIFE. Our minds and hearts are programmed for desire. And yes I agree with you, condemning someone for having sex drive, when it’s completely natural, is TOTALLY WRONG.
Yes guys aren’t the only ones who have strong sexual passions. Clearly women do too, I mean I do. But it is a scientific fact that men are visual beings, and they also have a stronger sex drive than women. That’s their chemical make-up. Yes a lot of women are sexually aggressive in our generation, but that’s against our true nature. I feel like we lose part of our femininity when we act like that. Guys are supposed to be more driven. But you are right, sex drive isn’t gender specific. All of us have sex-drive. It’s natural, normal and human. It’s what makes us human in a way. Humans need companionship. We weren’t made to be alone. And yes I know guys, I have tons of guy friends – and most of them aren’t sexually active. I’m pretty crazy about one in fact, and guess what? The reason WHY we love each other is because we SEE MORE IN EACH OTHER than a sex-partner. I respect him so much for that.
Chastity isn’t an old fashioned ideal. Chastity is as old as immorality. The two go hand in hand. Honestly sister, I’ve had more guys respect me for my lifestyle choice than not. I have more guys in my life that love me because I respect myself and “don’t put out” than ones that shrug me off and think I’m a “prude”. I’d rather be called a “prude” (which is short for prudent btw) than a “slut” which means something completely opposite, and it’s demeaning and humiliating. I don’t walk around hiding behind a “purity mask”. Sexual purity is not a “guise of honor”. That’ s completely absurd. No one has ever thought that about me either. I’m completely genuine in everything that I do. Having sex is a decision you said, well girl NOT having sex is also a decision and that’s the decision I’ve made. Oh I totally plan on having sex when I’m married, but that’s it. If a guy truly wants my body, he’s going to have to pay for it – the cost is a wedding ring. He’s not just gonna get my body though, he’s going to get my love and my soul. True love means commitment. If I never get married, I’ll die a virgin, and I’m okay with that. I’m an adult and I think I’m at an age where I can decide what I’m truly called to.
Not having sex with guys and them knowing that I don’t have sex at this point in my life, is a surefire way to know that they are truly my friends because of who I AM. Not what I PUT OUT. Yeah, I’m beautiful & maybe God gave me a nice body – idk, but a girl who respects herself and carries herself with pride is a hell of a lot sexier than a girl who has sex whenever she feels its right. Girls like that are a dime a dozen. I’ve never wanted to be like anyone else. I want to be unique.
Someone who loves me will cherish that about me, so I’m not too worried about what anyone else thinks. So yeah, I’m proud of being a virgin!
I have dated. I’ve been in serious relationships and I haven’t had sex. It IS possible. Guys don’t only want sex, and neither do girls. Relationships are more than physicality. At least the relationships that I have. No boyfriend of mine has ever thought I was a prude, or I was weird, or “old fashioned” (or 15th century chic – thank you). In every one of those relationships I’ve been nothing but respected and cherished. I’m more than a body, I’m a soul. And that’s what I want guys to see.
I’m not lacking in a social life, guys, dates, friends or respect. I’m a girl that guys are proud of, and more importantly I’m a girl that I AM PROUD OF.
Call me what you want, but my life is full and happy. I’ve never regretted any choices I’ve made in regard to my purity.
The purpose of my original post was to encourage others who also share my lifestyle, and whether you believe it or not – there are MANY OF US. J
If you’d like to discuss this topic further, I’m open to it. I promise you that I have an answer for any question you ask. And if I don’t, I’ll find one for you. That’s a promise. J
Thanks for sharing your ideas! Blessings, Mary Beth