I came across a Facebook post where families and friends were celebrating the anniversary of a gay couple who had gotten married several years ago. As I stopped and thought about celebrating them or not, I couldn’t get myself to. How could I celebrate? What will become of them? There is an afterlife that is eternal and all I could think of was, will they be there? I can’t celebrate knowing they don’t want to live by the faith, and they think what God has taught us is false. We will all pass by purgatory, but they deliberately choose to go against God’s teaching and impose these falsehoods on others.
Having homosexual inclination is not immoral. It is homosexual acts that are immoral. Such individuals are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition (CCC, no. 2358).
Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being. This is gravely contrary to the dignity of the person and the holiness of the Creator. “Do not slay the innocent and righteous.” (Exodus 23:7). – CCC, no 2258; citing The Gift of Life (Donum Vitae), no5
At some point we have all been thrust into a conversation with people who assert the pro-choice position as the commonly accepted standard. While attending a friend’s wedding reception recently, I found myself in this situation as I was trying to enjoy my delicious dinner. All I could do was sit back and think, what happened, when did my friends change their moral compass, what made them change, how did growing up in a Catholic school lead them to this? I was super excited to attend my good friend’s wedding, but I had an underlying gut feeling that I was in for a surprise. Little did I know I was going to later be challenged, not on my views on the topic, but how I felt towards these people who I knew and had grown up with. God always finds a way.
I was caught face to face with people strongly accepting the pro-choice movement who were reading and sharing absurd articles. During this exchange, I could not help but question how their thinking had adopted this line of thought. I knew them as smart individuals, but how could they now stand in total acceptance and in defense of abortion and opposed to the State of Georgia for passing the fetal heart abortion law? How could they claim that it was an assault on women AND asserting that they would never move to the States now because of how women are being treated and the pro-life direction that was to come. I could not believe I was sitting face to face and listening to all of this banter for four days.
Lara Paniagua is a Nicaraguan-American. She completed her studies in Psychology at Carleton University and her graduate research with the Universidad de Leon in Spain. She works in Miami as an education consultant child psychologist. Lara is a practising Roman Catholic actively engaged in her Miami parish.
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