I posted about two months ago to ask for prayers as I began my journey away from an active homosexual lifestyle. Several of the readers on this Forum indicated that they would keep me in their prayers. forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=180347
Thank you all SO MUCH.
The power of your prayers, and my own (as well as daily Mass and many Rosaries), have made a tremendous difference in my life. Nearly two full months after that date, I have kept my word to the Lord. Not only have I not succumbed to any of that sort of temptation, I have not even felt any, at least none that I’ve recognzed as such. I believe that is truly the gift of the Holy Spirit. I realize that it has only been seven weeks, but at the very least I have a very visible example in my own life of God’s faithfulness.
There is one bit of my story I did not tell in my earlier post. My post was dated August 30, the day after I told my former partner that I could no longer engage in that sinful behavior. August 29, the day I actually told him this, is the day that the Church remembers the beheading of St. John the Baptist. I had attended daily Mass that day, and the Gospel reading was from Mark 6:17-30. Verse 20 of that Gospel noted how King Herod knew John to be “a righteous and holy man” and that when “he [Herod] heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him,” and that in Verse 26, Herod was “deeply distressed” when Herodias’ daughter asked for John’s head. Despite this, Herod chose to take the easy way out.
That Gospel message spoke to me so loudly I don’t even remember which of the priests was giving it that day. My mind was filled very clearly with this thought: Don’t make Herod’s mistake. Don’t do what’s easy, do what’s right. It moved me so greatly I could not concentrate at work that afternoon; I couldn’t get anything done. I dropped everything and left work early and rushed home to do what I needed to do, stopping only long enough to pray a Rosary.
Praise God for his faithfulness, and thank you all again for your prayers.