Milwaukee Inclusion Mass Welcomes LGBTQ People to Church — New Ways Ministry

Earlier this summer, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, held a Mass of Inclusion to welcome LGBTQ people to the church. Father Greg Greiten, an openly gay Catholic priest, presided at this first openly inviting LGBTQ mass in the Milwaukee area. Fr. Greg welcomed the congregation of about 60 people by saying, “I know…

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The Soul and the Afterlife – A jewish perspective

It’s about 40 mins. but so worth the time.  So many of the concepts in Judaism are fulfilled in Catholicism.  I came away from watching this with a deeper appreciation of Catholic spirituality and Traditions.  The idea that anything Living can die is non-sensical only dead things can die. If you watch it, please come back and comment.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

LA Archbishop says amended confession bill still targets priests, Catholic employees

I have some thoughts about this and I’m not sure they’re going to be popular.  I’ve always been taught and belief to this day that the sanctity and inviolability of the Confessional is not something up for secular policies to dictate.  It’s one of the Traditions in Catholicism that is uniquely Catholic.  This being said I absolutely think that everyone, priests, church officials, religious and well, everyone that harms, hurts or in someway violates a child, should have to answer in the here and now. People in positions of power and authority to my way of thinking really should be accountable to an even Higher standard.  Can you imagine what it would look like if the State gets a say on what happens in the confessional?  Do you think that people would simply stop availing themselves of this Grace we’ve been given if they can’t be sure what their confessor is going to do with the information they’ve just told him.  The bottom line is that the confessional is for answering to the Judge of All and receiving absolution there not for answering to Secular laws.  In some ways the confessional is a bit like Vegas, what happens in the confessional should stay in the confessional.  What are your thoughts, please remember be charitable and kind in your responses to each other.

It’s not so much an island as an Archipelago

This year for Long Beach Pride I had decided that it was time to “come-out” as Catholic.  After many many years of struggle to find my place in the Church, I think I’ve arrived at a kind of, not truce, but genuine place of Peace. I bought a t-shirt basically announcing such.  The response I got was amazingly heart-warming.  I had a number of people comment on the shirt, or begin conversations with me about their spiritual journey and how difficult its been to find others, to find their sense of place, particularly within the Catholic Church.  It has been true for me as well that I have often felt like I was living on an island off the coast of an even larger island. 

LGBT Cathlic

Here’s the Truth though.  We as members of the LGBT community have unique gifts that we bring, gifts that the Church needs, particularly at a time in its history when she is suffering assaults about relevancy in this day and age.  We have always played a strong creative role, bought color to whatever community we are a part of.  People need a Faith community, they need to know God more in their daily lives as the God of Love, of friendship.  The God that journeys with them where they are at.  I know I do.  If I didn’t have this, my life would be about trying to fill it with things that do not satisfy.  I encourage you, wherever you are at in your Spiritual journey, wether that means you are Catholic, Evangelical, Pagan/Wiccan, Jewish or something or nothing at all, find community.  Find that place you can give of yourself, through feeding the hungry, volunteering your time and skills.  You will find in return you will have an invisible support for those times when along the journey when you need it most. 

Article – A brief history of the Church and homosexuality

Exciting new things happening

So I have been a bit on the negligent side when it comes to posting and I feel that I owe everyone an explanation. My life like a lot of you has been in a state of flux since last October when I decided to leave my 9-5 to pursue writing and my Wellness Coaching Business. Things have worked out better than I expect but as is the case with all things, God had more in mind than I anticipated. It’s only now that I find my life reaching a place that doesn’t feel like I’m running crazy. The second thing also was that I had no idea what to blog about, sure I have lots of ideas, but ultimately I really had to get in touch with the direction, the mission if you will of what I want 13pastmidnight.com to be. After much prayer I’m pretty clear I want this site to be about and for those, that like me are a part of the LGBTQ community and also find themselves still drawn to Catholicism. I want to share those things, books, articles, meditations, ideas and software that are helpful to me and that you may find helpful as well. I very much would like to see you’re ideas, books etc that have helped you so that ultimately this site can be communal in nature. I welcome all Thoughts and Ideas as long as they come from a place of Love.

To this end, you will start to see new posts. I plan to post every Sunday following the Liturgical calendar with my thoughts from the readings that day. I also plan to start posting articles from other online Catholic publications that I find interesting and useful. Lastly, you’ll start to see software, gadgets and event listings. If you have any ideas about what you’d like to see, or if you’d like to post something yourself to the site, I’d love to talk with you. Do you have a poem you’d like to share or an article, idea, theological question you’d like to see explored? Please feel free to email me at ken@ken-saunders.com