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L.G.B.T.

Let God Be There



“LGBT” is an acronym that lists the different categories of identities within the homosexual umbrella – Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transsexual.  However, I want to transform it into something better.

LET GOD BE THERE.

I invite my brothers and sisters in the homosexual community to allow God to work in their lives.  Unfortunately, there is a bit of animosity between the LGBT community and what they are told God is.  The Old Testament does have harsh words regarding homosexual behavior.  Catholicism and other Christians speak out against homosexuality with such fervor that we are sometimes looked upon as bigots of hateful people.

In reality, we are neither   We are merely calling all to live in accordance with the natural law which is ordained by God.  The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual feelings are not a sin.  It is a sin when they are acted upon.  We still do not know what exactly causes some to be homosexuals.  Psychologists are stuck on the issue and feel it is a combination of nature and nurture.  No homosexual gene has been discovered and for the most part, a homosexual’s brain is pretty much the same as a heterosexual’s in regards to function.

In any event, homosexuals are not strange or evil people.  Yes, some may act a bit strange or may be different – we all are different.  This does not give anyone the right to bully them or attack them in any shape or form.  They are God’s children.  Jesus died for them and opens His heart to them as He would anyone else.

We as believers in God must attack the behavior, not the people.   Homosexuality is not a sentence to hell, but can be an opportunity for grace.  The Catholic Church calls all to chastity, including married couples.  This may seem hard, but it is not impossible.  One of our greatest minds and saints, St. Augustine of Hippo said in his Confessions, “Lord make me chaste – but not yet!”

Our sexuality is important and is very powerful.  How else can human beings reproduce if they cannot even get close to a partner?  This is why sexual drive is so powerful in us.  It stems from the “be fruitful and multiply” command of God.  However, we should not be the sum of our sexuality.  Our sexual drive should not define us or control us.  This is why we have intellect, conscience, will and reason.

God is the designer of our bodies.  Only He knows how to work them and control them that is why we must pray to God to help us whenever we are tempted to do unchaste things.

Unfortunately, those homosexuals who “come out” and show no remorse for their actions become slaves to their sexuality.  They categorize each other as “tops, bottoms, versatiles.”  They are no longer persons, but instruments of sexual gratification.  They categorize themselves as “fems, butch, twinks, bears.”  They are no longer persons, but objects that one can pick and choose based on one’s desires.

God intended more for homosexuals than what they do among themselves.  Unfortunately, sexual desires can be so strong that it can blind one from seeing God’s plan and the dignity of oneself and of others.

It is not the end of the world.  Prayer can help.  Let God BThere my gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transsexual brothers and sisters.  He will help you in life.  He will answer your question: Why am I this way?
He will help you to discover your true self so that you can take charge of your life and not be the sum of your sexuality.

Gay people are not “tops, bottoms, versatiles, fems, butch, twinks or bears;”  they are not objects for others to enjoy sexually.  They are human beings worthy of love, respect and dignity.  They are God’s children who are in the same struggle as everyone else.

The LGBT might seem to be a lost sinful case, but that is not so:  “…where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” Romans 5:20

Let God Be There!

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Kwanzaa

Around Advent and Christmas time we hear about different “holidays” that are celebrated.  Hannukah is one of them which deals with the festival of lights, or when the temple’s lamp gave light for 8 days despite its short supply of oil.  The other one that is spoken about and taught in schools is Kwanzaa.

What is Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa is a holiday created by Ronald McKinley Everett, also known as “Maulana Karenga.”  He is a philosopher and professor at California State University.  He formulated the “Kwanzaa” holiday as a response to the holidays already celebrated and how he saw them as an attempt to take away African identity since Africans celebrate them as well.  He considered Jesus to be psychotic and that Christianity was a “white religion” that was imposed on Africans.

Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of the harvest” was started by Karenga in 1966.  It was meant to be a holiday for African Americans to celebrate either alongside Christmas or as a replacement of it.  The theme stems from the radical Black nationalist rhetoric of the time.  Its sole purpose was to animate the African American community to rediscover their African roots and foster respect for one another while at the same time creating animosity towards whites.   
Ironically, Karenga was arrested and sentenced in 1971 for felony assault, sexual assault and false imprisonment.  Karenga abused, raped and held captive women.  He used water boarding torturing techniques on them.  Karenga admitted to the crimes claiming that the women were trying to kill him.  In 1975, he was granted parole and continued studying feminism and African studies.   

African culture is very different from American culture.  It is a collectivistic culture which stresses community life and adherence to social customs, beliefs and African philosophy.  Africa has many cultures within its borders, but the idea of community over self is found pretty much in each of them.  This is a sharp contrast to American culture which is more individualistic.
Kwanzaz emphasizes the “Nguzu Saba” or the Seven principle of African Culture.
  1. Umoja – means unity and stresses African Americans to be united not only with each other, but with their heritage
  2. Kujichagulia – is self determination. It calls for African Americans to discover the self and what they can contribute to themselves and others.
  3. Ujima – is community work and responsibility. It stresses the need for working together and being responsible individuals while avoiding being selfish.
  4. Ujamaa – is cooperating with Black business enterprises.  It calls for the support of African American businesses and promotion of them as a community.
  5. Nia – is self purpose.  It calls for a discovery of one’s potential and how it can contribute to a community while holding on to traditions.
  6. Kuumba – is inspiration or creativity.  It calls for the use of innovative ideas in order to keep African heritage and community alive and relevant as times change.
  7. Imani – is Faith.  It calls all to have Faith in God, each other and oneself and realize the importance of how faith can help in times of trouble.
Each of these themes are recollected upon by lighting a candle on the Kinara, which is a candle holder that holds 7 candles.  The middle candle is black, and the others are red and green.  A common cup is used to symbolize unity and the offering of libations.  Vegetation such as corn and other crops are used to decorate the Kwanzaa celebration.  They symbolize the gifts of the Earth and the work done to obtain them.  African music may also be incorporated into the celebration.
My thoughts on Kwanzaa:
Kwanzaa is obviously a repackaged Afro-centric version of Christmas and Hannukah.  It was started as an attempt to get African Americans to replace Christmas due to its “alien” source of introduction to the African people by Europeans.  The sole purpose of it was to create a sort of social warfare between African Americans and those of European descent.  

Christianity is portrayed as a “white” religion and Jesus was even insulted by being labeled “psychotic.” This is far from the truth. Christianity is a religion for all, not a particular race or ethnicity. In the genealogies mentioned in the Gospel, women; some who were not even Jewish, are mention indicating that all are part of Christ’s family: Jews, Gentiles and Women. Jesus came for all peoples in every place and every time. As
Galatians 3:28 beautifully states:

 “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

We are all ONE in Christ Jesus.  There is no White, Black, Latino, Asian, Indian form of Christianity.  We are all ONE.  In light of this, there is no need to create these gimmick holidays in order to stir divisions among peoples of different racial backgrounds.

The celebration of Kwanzaa is beautiful if reflective on faith and one’s culture, but not needed by Christians.  Our race, our communities, our individuality are upgraded in Christ Jesus who was born of a Virgin, died on a Cross for us all and rose from the dead showing we need to trust no one else but He who is above life and death.

Jesus was not psychotic.  What psychotic individual would preach love and heal the sick?  What psychotic individual would stress unity, peace, and agape love?

I am bothered by how Kwanzaa is pushed upon children in schools.  Christmas is the sole religious holiday recognized by the United States federal government.  Yet Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are overly emphasized as the “holidays” of the season.  Meanwhile, Christmas is watered down to a mere tree or snowman – Santa Claus is even left out in today’s schools.   

Christians must fight back and demand that Christmas be respected and truly observed in schools and the public square despite its religious tones.  It is only fair.  “Christ” is already in the word “Christmas” so what is the problem with going more into detail on this holiday which is officially a federal holiday?

There is nothing wrong with teaching kids of all faiths or no faith what Christmas is and why it is important to over 3 billion people on Earth.  No one is asking them to be baptized or accept Jesus.  

Source:
 Karenga, Maulana (1967). “Religion”. In Clyde Halisi, James Mtume. The quotable Karenga. Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press. pp. 25. 23769.8.

Joseph Ratzinger’s Letter to Baby Jesus

Here is an inspirational letter Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI – wrote to Baby Jesus in 1934 at the tender age of 7.  




Dear Baby Jesus, 


quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy. I would like a Volks-Schott, green clothing for Mass and a heart of Jesus. I will always be good. 



Greetings from 

Joseph Ratzinger 






Source:  http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/1833/popes_childhood_christmas_letter_to_baby_jesus_published.aspx