As far as we’re concerned here at Sofia’s Cakes, love is a many-splendoured thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!
Sure, we’re borrowing lines from Moulin Rouge, but all the same, love is all you need.
So now, we’d like to share this message from Fr. James Martin, SJ:
No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality. Even after over 25 years as a Jesuit, the level of hatred around homosexuality is nearly unbelievable to me, especially when I think of all of the wonderful LGBT friends I have.
The Catholic church must do a much better job of teaching what the Catechism says: that we should treat our LGBT brothers and sisters with “respect, sensitivity and compassion.”
But God wants more. God wants us to love. And not a twisted, crabbed, narrow tolerance, which often comes in the guise of condemnations, instructions and admonitions that try to masquerade as love, but actual love.
Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives, every bit as much as straight friends are part of your lives.
Love first. Everything else later. In fact, everything else is meaningless without love.
Reverend James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, and author of several books. His most recent book is “Jesus: A Pilgrimage,” a New York Times bestseller.
Besides his editorial, publishing and media work, Father Martin has been invited by Catholic dioceses and archdioceses to address gatherings of clergy and laity, has spoken at colleges and universities across the country, has taught at Boston College’s Summer Institute, and leads seminars and directs retreats at retreat houses. In 2013, he was invited by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address youth at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. On Sundays he assists at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City.
Visit Father James’ official website here.