I’m rather taking over another thread, so I decided I would go ahead and make a new one (Thanks Beng for the advice :))
I’m only 18 years old, a freshman in college, but I have been struggling with homosexuality since I hit puberty. At one point, when I was entering the age of reason and exploring my faith, I realized what the Bible and the church said on such things. But my sexual feelings were so strong and I was so prideful (I was in it for what would satisfy me) that I didn’t want to be catholic anymore, or Christian, for that matter.
However, in time, with the help of my wonderful youth group, my family, and my friends, I started to believe again. Now my faith is extremely strong, and, thanks in part to Catholic Answers, I’m extremely knowledgeable about my faith. I’ve also committed to chastity. Someone earlier said that homosexuality really isn’t as bad as heterosexual chastity - it’s more severe in the simple fact that you are not allowed to have any romantic contact at all with those of the same sex, which would be innocent between members of the opposite sex. Anyhow, also, over the years, the homosexual attractions have lessened very much so.
The church’s teaching on homosexuality is not “impossible.” It’s very possible. I am no superhero. I’m your average American catholic teenage college kid who struggles with this, not unlike many other struggles that kids deal with.
It’s not easy, you know. Society and the APA and culture at school is very pro-homosexuality and considers what I am doing “repressing” myself. It’s silly and stupid, and it makes life difficult.
I think of the issue of homosexuality akin to the history of diabetes. It is an illness easily combated by insulin medicine. But many years ago, insulin was not available and diabetes patients subsequently died. Now, diabetes is still a terrible problem and illness but the tools are in place to combat it somewhat effectively. The problem here is that the tools for combating homosexuality are not as strong as they need to be (few die now from diabetes, but millions spiritually die from untreated and misunderstood homosexuality).
I’m having great difficulty finding a good, catholic psychologist that will help me with this in the Austin area and the Courage website is … extremely confusing … for actually getting help. Any tips?