Lots of Really Great Stuff at Spiritual Friendship Now

including: Melinda Selmys on the Cross as gift. This post manages to take a discourse I usually find kind of impenetrable–the argument about whether and how “homosexuality” (STILL NOT A THEOLOGICAL CATEGORY) is a gift–and make it into something truly sublime. I still resist looking at “homosexuality” (is this a thing?) as a “cross” full-stop, but that’s really not the point of her post, which you all should read.

Jeremy Erickson has some powerful reflections on what he experienced as a fourteen-year-old in the Christian church, and what he wishes he’d known or been told. Part One is just about what happened in real life, and part two offers some notes toward practical guidance for parents, pastors etc.

Plus something else which I’ll write a bit more about tonight.

The Benedict Option, Part Two: This Time It's Personal
"Accidental Stylites": Libresco on Making Joyful Piety Easier
The Benedict Option, Part One: Build a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul
"Gay and Catholic" Book Extra: Two Frameworks for Supporting Weird Vocations
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