Last week Séamus went to a prayer evening here in London called “Pure in heart”.
I often go too only that recently it clashes with a fitness class Rayne and I have been doing.
The prayer evening is usually very nice with an hour of adoration with music, a tea and coffee break and then a talk or teaching on something to do with the faith.
Last week the talk was about the dangers of pornography and when Séamus came home he said “it was all about straight people” and so we asked ourselves if the group was really ‘Pure in heart” or rather “straight in heart”.
Similarly only a few months ago they were looking for people to serve mass and so I volunteered. I never got a reply!
And so last week both Séamus and I decided to email the leadership team and ask.
Fortunately they replied straight away most apologetically and welcomed my offer to serve mass and Seamus comment about the recent talk.
Praise God and good on them for being so humble and willing to learn and adapt.
The problem you see with a lot of catholic talks is that they are often only about straight people because that’s how they have been for years. The speakers probably don’t even realise how pastorally insensitive and closed that they are being.
It was the same last year as we went to a bible study in Soho by Mauro. It was excellent and yet every now and then the ‘straight is the only way’ would raise its ugly head and for a gay person another sword to the heart.
Of course it’s not easy to give a talk or teaching that includes everyone and I’m certainly not perfect at it either.
For example I talk a lot about gay men but perhaps not enough about lesbian women and I hardly ever mention bisexual people etc.
I too am constantly learning and adjusting.
Anyway last night Our Lady spoke to me even more clearly on her love and plan for LGBT people and it fits in perfectly to the message she gave in Medjugorje on the 25th .
Latest Medjugorje Message, October 25, 2021
“Dear children! Return to prayer because who prays is not afraid of the future; who prays is open to life and respects the life of others; who prays, little children, feels the freedom of the children of God and in joy of heart serves for the good for his brother-man. Because God is love and freedom, therefore, little children, when they want to put you in bonds and to use you, it is not from God. Because God loves and gives His peace to every creature; and that is why He sent me to you to help you to grow in holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call.“
And now the message Our Lady gave me which is the perfect application of the Medjugorje message to LGBT people.
“My dear children
In the eyes of God you are all equally loved and wanted.
God makes no differentiation between age, sex, gender, culture etc.
You are all his children and are all called to be saints in various different ways.
Just as a dog must be a dog and a cat must be a cat, so too is it among people!
A man must be a man and a woman must be a woman and a gay man must be a gay man and a gay woman must be a gay woman.
It may surprise you that I use this language my children but I use your language so that you may understand.
God sees a man or a woman. Whether gay or otherwise is only secondary as a man is a man.
In times past gay men and women have been most abused and misunderstood often having been rejected and shamed by family, by society and by my son’s church.
How can these people come to know Jesus if the very people representing Jesus rejected them and told them that they were acting on behalf of Jesus?
My children, the wounds and consequences have been enormous and many of you in error have handed over these gentle and sensitive lambs to be ripped apart and devoured by Satan.
Just as with abortion, it is always the innocent who suffer the consequences and just as heaven is full of these aborted children is it also full of so so many LGBT children.
God my children is mercy and justice and no soul that doesn’t know God because of misinformation or abuse will be refused a second chance even if it is at the hour of death.
Pray, pray, pray.“
And so you see Our Lady is calling us to prayer because in prayer we will not only find our own calling but we will discern and respect the calling of others which will be different.
And so my prayer now is for our church that she really will be ‘Pure in heart” and not just ‘Straight in heart” and that she will take very seriously her mission to heal and bandage the wounds she had inflicted on LGBT souls while adjusting her teachings and pastoral approach so as to hurt no more.
Have a wonderful day, please keep me in your prayers and many blessings to the Pure in heart team who responded to our concerns with love and humility. May others catholic groups learn from them and not shy away or hide from these current pastoral issues.