Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Quote of the Day

The heart of the church is the people of God, living out their everyday lives. They act in faith, following God’s call to love their neighbor as themselves. Whether the neighbor is a loved one, an LGBT advocate, or even a stranger, loving involves listening and caring. It is through sharing personal stories that acceptance is fostered. The change is slow, but acceptance on an interpersonal level can lead to big changes – even in an institution like the Roman Catholic Church.

– Ross Murray
Excerpted from "The Pope Needs to Confront LGBT Issues During His Visit"
The Advocate
August 10, 2015

Related Off-site Links:
How Pope Francis’ Message of Encounter Might Cause a “Miracle” This September – Bob Shine (Bondings 2.0, August 12, 2015).
LGBT Catholics Are Looking Forward to Pope Francis’s US Visit and Hoping for Change – Matthew Bell (Public Radio International, August 12, 2015).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Mary Bednarowski on the Power of Our Stories
Compassion, Christian Community, and Homosexuality
Voices of Parental Authority and Wisdom
Why I Take Hope in Pope Francis' Statement on Gay Priests
Catholic Church Can Overcome Fear of LGBT People

Image: Kristen Solberg.

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