I do not think I can read one more post filled with hate, anger, and condemnation. I have read tons of articles, opinions on both sides and what I have determined is this; as a Catholic faith filled woman I value every single person. I do not condemn anyone, not those who are persecuted and not those who are persecuting. My responsibility is to love all people exactly where they are. I love each person because they have human dignity which comes from being created in the image of God. Every human being has human dignity and it cannot be taken away. I want everyone to discover and embrace their human dignity and worth. No person is better or less than another. I think this statement from Archbishop Blase J. Cupich says it best when he quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church….
STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP BLASE J. CUPICH
ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO
June 28, 2015
“It is important to note that the Catholic Church has an abiding concern for the dignity of gay persons. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” (n. 2358). This respect must be real, not rhetorical, and ever reflective of the Church’s commitment to accompanying all people. For this reason, the Church must extend support to all families, no matter their circumstances, recognizing that we are all relatives, journeying through life under the careful watch of a loving God.
It is also important to stress that the Supreme Court’s redefinition of civil marriage has no bearing on the Catholic Sacrament of Matrimony, in which the marriage of man and woman is a sign of the union of Christ and the Church. In upholding our traditional concept of marriage, we are called to support those who have entered into this sacred and loving bond with God and each other.”
My calling and purpose in life is to bring people closer to God not by condemning people but by loving them. That is what I will continue to do the best way possible and to me that is by loving all people right where they are. Hopefully then they will glimpse the love of God that is unconditional. God will never love you more or less than God already loves you. God loves you so much that he sacrificed his only son so you could know that love and give it selflessly to one another. I invite you to stop spewing the hate, anger, and condemnation and start spreading the love for every person because God is within every soul you witness. I have said my peace and now I am just going to live it!