Today on the Feast of Divine Mercy, we have received many gifts in the church. The first being a reminder of Christ’s love and mercy, the second being two new saints: John Paul II and John XXIII, and the third, coincidentally titled similarly is The Third Way. Fr. John Hollowell, a priest from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has been working on producing this video with Blackstone Films, in an effort to show the world what the Catholic Church really teaches about homosexuality.
“The Catholic Church opens her arms in welcome to all…Come to the waters of salvation…those who have same sex attraction belong in the Catholic church…we will listen to you…we will support you…we will love you for who you are…”
People always think that the Catholic church rejects those who have same sex attraction, but that is quite the contrary! Watch this beautiful video to see what the church truly teaches on homosexuality. Please share!!
It really challenges all of us who are involved with ministry to treat all in and outside the church with welcoming and loving arms. How can you change the way you encounter others and bring them Christ’s love and mercy?
Happy Feast of the Divine Mercy!!
5 thoughts on “Divine Mercy Sunday, Two Saints, and Homosexuality… Three gifts to the church!”
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Corey, was this film produced with actors or actual homosexuals who became practicing Catholics?
It was filmed with men and women who actually struggle with same sex attraction. They are not actors. Thanks for the Reblog!
Thanks for the reply. A trans friend who is a former Catholic gave the film a mixed review. It left a sweet-sour taste in my mouth, too. I think it’s a film that will preach to the choir and leave the target audience put off, uninterested, bored, angered, etc. By the way, who IS the target audience? Maybe I misunderstand the purpose of the film. When I posted your blog to my FB timeline, fireworks erupted!! LOL
Sorry, I just saw your comment! I think the target audience is everyone in the world who misunderstands what the church actually teaches. But primarily I think that it is for Catholics as a wake up call to what the church actually teaches and what we are supposed to do. I’m looking forward to trying to show it to some teens back in the Diocese. I think that it is a great opportunity for starting a conversation on what the church teaches and how to respond to those who don’t understand. I think that the film uses good language showing how a person who struggles with SSA can still remain a faithful Catholic, following Christ’s teaching.
To me, the film has five parts:
1. Realization of SSA sometimes including participating in the lifestyle (and sins) associated with being “gay”
2. Realization that there is something more out there, that the feelings you feel between the Same sex couple as just that feelings and not anything firm or grounded in truth.
3. Seeking the truth, what the truth says, what the church says, and what to do about it.
4. Reconcilliation, bringing your soul home to God, going to confession and relying on the graces from the Sacrament’s, the community, and those in Ministry to be there for you, even if just to listen and support you.
5. Mission, go out and spread the word yourself that you can be gay and Catholic, as long as you live chastely. Be Christ to others, and re-evanglize the church, as to what we actually believe.
Sorry to take so long, somehow it skipped my review!