“The Church teaches that persons with a homosexual inclination “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” We recognize that these persons have been, and often continue to be, objects of scorn, hatred, and even violence in some sectors of our society. Sometimes this hatred is manifested clearly.” (Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care by USCCB, November 14, 2006)
In the Lord’s eyes, no one is “gay” or “lesbian” or “homosexual”. Everyone is a child of God with particular talents, experiences and struggles. The aim of Courage is not to change a person’s sexual inclination or attraction, but to surrender completely their identity to Christ. Each and every person, without exception, is a beloved and unique creation of God -made in His image, and by grace His child - called to abundant life and love. This is the deepest source of our identity and dignity.
The Dignity and Identity of a Christian person is not determined by his/her sexual orientation, but by his/her relationship to Jesus Christ through a developing faith, hope and love. Men and women with Same-Sex Attraction can lead chaste and fruitful lives made possible by Christ’s redemption, liberating virtue, sacrament of reconciliation and a source of human freedom.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14
Courage is a place where men and women experiencing Same Sex Attraction can speak openly. Courage invites each member to embrace chastity in mind, heart. and body, and to move away from relationships and behaviors that are not chaste.
What we do in our meetings? We often speak about our relationships at home, at work, hobbies and what we do in a normal life, so fundamentally it is learning and hearing about being human. Also, the chaplain offers guidance, the sacrament of reconciliation and spiritual direction to the members.
Are you being called from loneliness, confusion, or isolation to fellowship, truth, and friendship? Are you seeking the peace the world cannot give or take? For more information, call Father Richard Samour (210) 996-1371 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.couragesatx.org; Bilingual Chaplain, all communication with Courage and EnCourage is strictly confidential.