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Prayer for LGBT Catholics

Lord, you are my shepherd, the one who knows my voice, recognizes me, and calls me by my name.
You gather me up, hold me close, and feed me.
You strengthen me when I am weak, heal me when I am sick, and bind up all my wounds.
Lord, you are my shepherd, the one who refreshes my soul, invites me to the table, and welcomes me to dwell in your house.
I am your homosexual child, baptized into your flock, O Lord.
My family and I cry out to you for shepherds here on earth—your church and among ourselves—who like you know us, feed us, care for us, and invite us to your table.

Amen.

Parent’s Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for each other. Give us support, understanding and appreciation for where we are in our journey. Grant us the serenity to understand the precious ones you have given us and your will for them. Turn the darkness around us into light.
Lord, open the hearts and eyes of the parents who have abandoned their children and bring back those special children who have left your church. Help all our church leaders to show compassion in their ministry.
All loving God, we place all our thoughts and doubts, biases and viewpoints, plans and confusion into your hands. Lead us in your way. In your will is peace.
Amen.

RESOURCES:

Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

The Trevor Suicide Prevention Hotline (866) 488-7386: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

For parents and Ministers: To download the USCCB document “Always Our Children” http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/homosexuality/always-our-children.cfm

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) http://www.usccb.org/

San Francisco State University research project “Family Acceptance Project” https://familyproject.sfsu.edu/  OR to download booklet https://familyproject.sfsu.edu/publications

American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org

 

BOOKS

Check out Father James Martin’s upcoming book “Building a Bridge”, to be published in summer 2017. This book includes spiritual and biblical resources for LGBT people and their families, friends, for ministers in the Church, etc http://jamesmartin.hc.com/

 

ARTICLES

America Media: “We need to build a bridge between LGBT community and the Catholic Church” http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2016/10/30/james-martin-sj-we-need-build-bridge-between-lgbt-community-and-catholic-church

 

ESPAÑOL

American Media: “Necesitamos construir un puente entre la comunidad LGBT y la Iglesia Católica” http://www.americamagazine.org/espanol/2016/10/30/james-martin-sj-necesitamos-construir-un-puente-entre-la-comunidad-lgbt-y-la

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