See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, April 08, 2011

Courage Latino




The conversion story of Guillermo Marquez.
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This is such an important story and it mirrors the quiet conversions of many men and women who have resolved their homosexual inclination in and through fidelity to Church teaching, and most especially by embarking upon a chaste and celibate life, bolstered by prayer and the sacraments.  For many, Courage provides the needed support to accomplish the good work these men and women have begun.
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Courage Latino leader recounts his conversion.
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The leader of a Catholic ministry to homosexuals recently recalled his conversion story.

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“God was leading me, through the advice of priests I spoke with, to see that a sexually active life, even with just one person of the same-sex, could not bring me happiness,” Guillermo Marquez told CNA.
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Marquez, now the coordinator of Courage Latino in the Mexican state of Queretaro, initially founded a support group that questioned the Church's teachings on homosexuality. He compared his organization to the San Elredo Community in Saltillo, Mexico. Though supported by the local bishop, the San Elredo Community has come under fire for its founder's opposition to Catholic teachings and support of same-sex marriage.
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Marquez eventually decided to leave his group after realizing he could not “be right with God and the Church” if he continued the live out a homosexual lifestyle.
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His organization “had become just a social group,” he said. “Same-sex couples were allowed to join and while we weren’t encouraged to find new partners, we weren’t discouraged from doing so either.”

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“The thorny issues about sexual morality and chastity were avoided to prevent arguments or problems between the members of the group,” he added.
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“I slowly began to realize that the longer I went without having homosexual relations, the better I was feeling. I was happier and more stable. And so the life of chastity began to draw my attention and attract me.
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“It has been a long – sometimes difficult – process, but I have matured spiritually and emotionally,” he said.
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Marquez’s conversion led him to Courage Latino, which he joined in 2008 after attending a retreat.
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“That retreat was very important for me,” he said. “Because as I was on a journey of discovering chastity, it allowed me finally to find what I was looking for. An apostolate with people who have the same goals as me, the same aspirations of believing in Christ and of believing Christ as well.”
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Through Courage Latino, he realized that “the Catholic Church does not reject me or abandon me, that homosexuality is not genetic and that nobody is born homosexual.”
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“We are not homosexuals or gays but men and women with same-sex attraction,” Marquez explained.
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“I know both paths,” he said, “and I know that the path of the so-called gay lifestyle doesn’t make anyone happy.”
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“That path is full of insecurity, fear, dissatisfaction, profound emptiness, anger, and in many cases, promiscuity, sexual addiction, pornography, drugs and alcohol, and the endless search for love through destructive and co-dependent relationships,” Marquez said.
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“Courage completely condemns all unjust discrimination, abuse, offense or aggression against persons with (same-sex attraction). This must not be tolerated in any circle, much less among Christians,” he said.
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“Courage Latino is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, but it is not limited to just living chastely. Courage wants us to be better Christians,” Marquez stated. “The goal is holiness.” - CNA
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I knew that.  I know that. 
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Many people do not however - especially young men who have been taught in our schools and through media and entertainment, that gay is okay - that it's normal.  The culture has taken over where the Church backed down for so many decades.  Now we have strong, faithful bishops who are teaching correctly and everyone thinks they are being 'mean' and uncharitable as they step forward to publicly define faith and morals today.  The ultimate lack of charity is to affirm people in their sin and encourage them down the road of perdition - into hell.  That is a lack of charity.
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One important addendum to this story is for ordinary people to understand that conversion is a process, especially for those who have been culturally indoctrinated - it takes patience to do the will of God.  Many people of good will are not ready to accept these teachings at first.  Therefore teaching the truth in charity may be more important than we realize. 
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It should also be remembered that not everyone can or will join a group - that's fine - it is reconciliation and fidelity to Church teaching, prayer and the sacraments which will save a person - especially friendship with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and the rosary - if you can't pray the rosary just yet, some other devotion to Our Lady can be adopted.  Good books are available to help one grow in self-knowledge, and Courage offers their website with good counsel for those seeking to be faithful to Christ.  Frequent, humble confession - for every fall - is also necessary.
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God bless Guillermo Marquez and Courage Latino. 
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Photo:

Shepherds, you that go
Up through the sheepfolds to the hill,
If by chance you see
Him I love most,
Tell him that I sicken, suffer, and die.
-Spiritual Canticle, St. John of the Cross
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3 comments:

  1. beautiful post Terry, God bless your sweet heart.

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  2. michael r.11:39 AM

    Love the photo!

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