The Friday Five: It Takes Courage to Live the Fullness of Faith

By: The Office of Communications

This week on Encourage and Teach, we offered a series of reflections exploring how we as Catholic Christians hold two realities together: 1) that marriage is the permanent, exclusive union of one man to one woman, for their benefit and for the benefit of the children who are the fruit of their union, and 2) that we affirm and defend the dignity of our brothers and sisters who are attracted to the members of the same sex while accompanying them throughout their spiritual journeys.

Here are five quick takes on the subject to round out the week – resources, videos, soundbytes, and websites. Join us as we pray for a deeper appreciation of marriage, sexual difference, individual vocations, and the call to holiness that we all share.

1. Desire of the Everlasting Hills is an intimate and candid portrait of three Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality.

The video is available for free.

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2.   Jason Evert of ChastityProject.com speaks to the problem of false compassion regarding same-sex attraction . Watch a short video here.

3. Suggested titles for spiritual reading:

On the Meaning of Sex by J Budziszewski
The Courage to Be Chaste by Father Benedict J. Groeschel

Truth about Homosexuality: The Cry of the Faithful 
by Father John Harvey

Homosexuality and the Catholic Church by Father John F. Harvey
Same Sex Attraction: A Parents Guide by Father John F. Harvey and Gerard V. Bradley

Born to Love: Gay-Lesbian Identity, Relationships, and Marriage-Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Battle for Chaste Love by John R. Waiss 

4. For Your Marriage, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, offers enrichment and resources for dating, engaged and married couples. All are encouraged to attend the March for Marriage this Saturday, April 25 in Washington, D.C.

5. Lastly, a note from our shepherd to us all:

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