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About that vocation to love…

Recently the Church proclaimed “Blessed” Carlo Acutis, a Spanish teen in a hoodie who was a computer whiz. We all know we need a saint to help us with computer issues nowadays, so thank God for Blessed Carlo!

Jason Evert, however, in a short video on our ‘Is Love Forever?’ website ( longs for the day the Church proclaims the first saint with same-sex attraction.

Our vocation as Christians is to love. There are two ways to live this vocation: marriage or celibacy. Man was made for woman and vice versa. In lovemaking we fit like a puzzle and so there is a spousal meaning to the human body. We were meant for each other in marriage.

This is the basic understanding of us humans being made male and female in the image and likeness of God who is love itself.

We are called to become a family in our union with the possibility of being pro-creators with the Creator. The fruits of that lovemaking being gifts from God—children. The other vocation to love is as a celibate. Celibates look to married couples to see how to live their intimacy with God (Bill Donaghy).

One day we will be judged by God on how we lived that vocation to love. Was it selfish? Did we only seek pleasure for ourselves or did we love as Christ loved? That sacrificial love of God as displayed at Calvary and at every Holy Mass is how we are called to love, at least to try to.

There are times where our sexual desires may be disordered, temporarily or permanently, yet our vocation to love remains.

According to Christopher West (Good News about Sex & Marriage, pg 149), because of contraception (deliberately stopping one’s ability to become pregnant in sexual intercourse by a particular action) Western society unfortunately has supported a lack of the procreative function in our vocation to love. This has therefore supported same-sex unions unwittingly. Well, if two people are just to enjoy bonding with no possibility of procreation, why not?

“It is never wrong to love” West continues, however it is dualistic (from an ancient heresy) to “divorce our souls from the fundamental orientation of our bodies”.

People with same-sex attraction are called to love as any other person, but why sacrifice their sexual desire and not act on their attraction?

Because of a higher love – their love of God and fulfilling their vocation to love as God loves – sacrificially.

Read 1 John 4:7–21, God is Love.


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