I know exactly one homosexual. He is not Catholic but he claims faith in Jesus. He believes that Jesus accepts him the way that he is. He is totally OK with being homosexual and considers it a valid lifestyle choice. He also believes that he was born that way and his earliest sexual memories are of desire for boys. He thinks it’s genetic, and more than that, he wants it to be something that is beyond reproach. I’ve known this guy for 20 years. I knew him before he came out of the closet. He has been a good friend. This post isn’t really about him though I just wanted to express that my knowledge of the homosexual mind is limited to this one man.
My curiosity is about homosexuals who consider this a burden and wish they were not homosexual. I’d like to know about their mind, body, and spirit harmony. I wonder if their problem is not so different from other problems that people face such as trying to avoid masturbation and fornication.
Two parts of the mind, body, and spirit relationship I think I understand, but not well. I have been classifying homosexuality, fornication, and masturbation all as desires of the body or “flesh” if I were reading from the apostle Paul. There’s a bit more to it than that though. My friend, that I mentioned above, also desires this with his mind, which I will refer to as the intellect. His intellect is in harmony with his body. He was not persuaded by the text of the bible or the warnings from many Christians. A homosexual who is against his fleshly desires is at odds with himself intellectually. The same is true of the many who post here about their difficulties with masturbation.
Intellectual and fleshly desires are easy to understand because I understand what it means to think and to will something and I know what it means to feel pleasure. The big question mark for me is, what is spirit and how does it relate to the mind and body and how is it different from the body and mind? I think if I could understand what exactly is spirit then many mysteries would be revealed to me. Also, if I could understand spirit, then I might have something intelligent to say to people who are dealing with a situation where the intellect and body are at odds with each other. Understanding spirit is a key I am looking for. Any help appreciated.