I was going to post something about Gay Pride. It's Pride weekend in Minneapolis. I deleted a post I was working on because it was coming off preachy. I hate preachy - especially from me - I'm not a preacher or a teacher.
A few days ago I wrote about envy - how envy is such a gay sin. It's related to pride. Pride is a capital sin. It's a big sin. It's the devil's sin. Envy is derived from pride. Anger too. Vainglory emanates from that base. It's really about inordinate love of self.
So watch Gay Pride festivities and you will note that it's a huge display of these things ... as well unbridled concupiscence of the flesh. Such as gluttony or intemperance - which gives birth to all sorts of vice and foolishness - or camp. Not to overlook lust. Gay people put examples of all of this on parade - in their parades.
As Garrigou-Lagrange notes, from lust proceeds:
Spiritual blindness, poor judgment, impetuosity, inconstancy, love of self even to hatred of God, attachment to the present life which destroy hope of eternal life.Hence, many may not see or understand what is so bad about Pride. There are a lot of sins which flow from inordinate love of self - or another way of saying it, disordered love of self. Religious groups and churches which support Pride, neither serve God nor the people they seek to minister to. Perhaps this Scripture could be applied to them: "You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves." - Matt. 23:15
When gay Catholics say it isn't important to figure out why they are gay, they are quite wrong. It is very important to try to understand the roots of sin, and the inclination which can lead us to sin - or, the predominant faults which disposes us to sin. (Homosexual inclination is not a sin in itself of course.) Giving up, giving in can be another vice cloaked as virtue. It can be linked to what spiritual writers call 'acedia' - spiritual sloth.
Again, Garrigou-Lagrange tells us:
Acedia (sloth) begets hatred of spiritual things, whence are born: malice, rancor, pusillanimity, discouragement, spiritual topor, forgetfulness of the precepts, seeking after forbidden things.
That's the stuff which underlies the principles of Gay Pride.
Art: Vicious Circle* - Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929)
*Did you know the word 'vicious' is derived from 'vice'?