Dawn Eden has some fine reflections on the recent Courage/EnCourage conference

She writes:

Since returning last Sunday from the four-day Courage/EnCourage conference, where I spoke about healing sexual wounds with the help of the saints, I have wanted to write about what it was like for me to witness the vital work done by the Catholic apostolate that ministers to same-sex-attracted men and women as well as their relatives, spouses, and friends.

But I didn’t know what to say. There was something numinous about the experience. The deep devotion of the members of Courage (the branch of the apostolate encompassing same-sex-attracted men and women) and EnCourage (the branch encompassing family members and friends), the workings of grace in lives that were marked by a deep sharing in the mystery of the Cross—these things were humbling, awe-inspiring. Although my own cross is different, I myself was comforted and encouraged by my fellow attendees and speakers, including Father Emmerich Vogt, O.P., of the 12-Step Review (whose The Freedom to Love: Recovery and the Seven Deadly Sins is a valuable addition to the library of any Catholic seeking spiritual healing).

It wasn’t until yesterday, four days after returning from the conference, that I realized what I most wanted to share with you about it. The realization came during a conversation with a friend who is a recent convert to the Catholic faith.

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  • Andy, Bad Person

    Excellent article. Dawn Eden has a great way of explaining this difficult idea, that weakness and struggle should not be points of shame, but opportunities to strengthen your bond with God.