We must welcome gays, lesbians as they ‘were created to be’ | National Catholic Reporter

“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”
— St. Catherine of Siena

Some time ago a priest friend posted the above quote on his Facebook page. The phrase was new to me but it struck me as a wonderful inspiration to anyone who feels downtrodden by others because of who they are. Quite instinctively, I applied St. Catherine’s command to myself as a gay Catholic.

Believing that God created me as a gay man, I see that He creates all types of people, and not all of them are straight. While some believe that homosexuality is a choice or a decision brought about by circumstance, the church has recognized that for most gay and lesbian people, their same-sex attraction is a deep-seated orientation that is innate to their being.

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