Lord, teach us to pray:
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“God created humanity in His image and likeness, in His divine image He created him; male and female He created them….God looked at everything He had made, and He found it very good, (Gen. 1, 27, 31)”
Brothers, last month we spoke about the inherent danger of humanity taking charge. The conversation centered around our secular society today, telling us that we are in charge of our sexual identity. That same sexual identity that was established by our Creator God
while were still within or mother’s wombs. The complementarity of man and woman that is so essential to God’s creative plan is now in dispute. If natural law and the complementarity of man and woman is not considered valid, then the family itself, our societal cornerstone no longer has a place of priority. “When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his divinity as a creature of God, as the image of God is at the core of his being. The defense of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears, (Pope Benedict Dec 21, 2012).
Science only finds two human genders or sexes, male and female. Where are all these other gender definitions coming from? They are not coming from science and they are not coming from the Scripture of any world religion. Sr. Burns notes that “there are conditions when people men and women genuinely feel like they are a “man trapped in a woman’s body” or vice versa. This is called “gender/sexual identity disorder” or “gender/sexual dysphoria,” and the confusion is real, (Sr. Burns).” Dysphoria means the opposite of euphoria, meaning “serious psychological discomfort with one’s gender/sex. Various forms of “body dysmorphia” exist also, where someone’s perception of their body does not match the reality. There are sexual and non-sexual forms of body dysmorphia, (Sr. Burns).” A very tangible example of this is anorexia where a person who is dangerously thin looks in the mirror and sees a fat person. There are very real challenges faced by individuals facing these disorders.
Brothers, our gender is the same as what sex we are. If we have a male body, we are a man and our gender body and soul is male. This, of course, is the same for women. Suffice to say, it is our total self that defines who we are. We cannot separate our souls from our bodies. There is nothing supported by science that says we become other than who we are simply because of how we dress or act, what hormones we take, or what
surgeries we have. We are who we are and for most of us this is self-evident. We must be cognizant however that this is not so in every situation. There are some who struggle with their sexual identity and because of the challenges they face, they will decide to undergo hormone therapy or surgical sexual reassignment. Difficult as this is for us to process, these are children of God making these decisions and we need to do what we are able to help them know they are loved, by us and by God. The sexual identity confusion is very real.
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“It is crucially important to understand that saying a person has a particular inclination that is disordered is not to say that the person as a whole, is disordered. Nor does it mean that one has been rejected by God or the Church, (USCCCB 2006).”
A side note at this moment. Many of us are older and remember when there was not a world wide web. Your best way of staying current with worldviews and events was to watch the daily news, which might be twelve hours or more out of date. You may ask, how come I never heard about this sexual identity stuff when I was growing up? The reason, the world wide web. Now we hear news good and bad news literally within seconds of it occurring. Literally from the entire world, not just our own continent, or city. Suffice to say, there has always been folks who have struggled with their sexual identity. Today the web makes this phenomenon and much more, vividly present to us. It also provides a world-wide platform for special interest groups to share their thoughts and ideologies, healthy or otherwise. It seems the more we accomplish with God’s creative genius, the more we think we are in charge somehow. Yikes, that is an attitude will not end well. We have spoken about Catholic teaching on Homosexuality, both inclination and action. So, what does the Church say about transgender? See you next month.
Created in the Image and Likeness of God (Gen.1, 26-27)
(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)
(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)
(Recited by all) Let us pray: “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”