Young Adults 18-25

God Loves Us:  We are beloved children of God, regardless of our desires or inclinations.

God Permits Us To Make Choices: We are born with free will. Our emotions are good, but they must be guided by intellect and reason.
 
God Is With Us: With His Grace, He has promised that any hardship can be overcome, if we choose to seek Him first.

As young adults who experience same-sex attractions, we do have options, even if they may be difficult and challenging to see right now.

Some with SSA may feel lonely and sad.  "Gay" or "lesbian" groups may seek to offer a sense of acceptance but provide only superficial and temporary comfort, leading to a lifestyle and an identity that is not really who a person is.

We've pulled together links to a variety of materials (on this web site and others) that speak more directly to those 18 to 25.
(See below.)

It's important to stay connected to others who welcome us as we are and understand our struggle as we travel along the journey to understanding SSA and strengthening our relationship with God!

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Fr. Michael Schmitz is the Chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry of the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Every month the Diocese of Duluth publishes a diocesan newspaper.  Fr. Mike is a regular columnist answering fundamental questions of the Catholic Faith.  Below are four of those questions and his answers.

Why Don't Same-Sex Couples Have a Right to Marry?
It seems unfair to say that gay people can't get married.
Is it a violation of their civil rights?

Defining Homosexuality
Why is homosexuality a sin?

"God Made Me This Way"
I don't know how to respond when someone "explains away" their bad behavior by just saying, "God made
me this way."  Is that true?

Same-Sex Marriage Laws Force the Church to 'Fuss'
Why does my same-sex marriage have to do with you?
Why the fuss over this?

Unsure of Your Sexuality?

Nine Spiritual Truths

Church Teaching

FAQs

Overcoming the Four Hatreds

Courage Member Testimonies

Highlighted Items of Interest

What Is Chastity?

Locate a Courage Chapter

Sports Camp

Six Areas of Personal Growth

Download Young Adult Brochure

Resources From the Courage Web Site

Unlocking the Coming Out Trap

(Please note: The Courage Apostolate only serves individuals 18 and above.)

From Love, For Love, By Love: A Deeper Understanding of Contraception, Same Sex Attractions, and Authentic Love      
Incorporates the broader meaning of the person, the body, friendship, love, and of sexuality into a discussion of same-sex attraction. (Purchase from Lighthouse Media)

Also from Fr. Michael Schmitz

The mission of Eagle Eye Minstries is to provide in-depth formation in the Christian life for young people by bringing them to an authentic encounter with Christ in Faith; providing rigorous intellectual formation in the light of God’s word and the Philosophy of Aristotle; fostering authentic expressions of human culture; and allowing them the experience of community which will allow real friendships and support on the path to holiness. We not only want to inspire our participants to do great things with their lives and offer them the formation that makes it possible, but we also want to provide them with the resources they need in order to find their unique place in the Church.

Daniel Mattson is just like you and me. He is Catholic, baptized at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lansing. He is a passionate disciple of God, citing Scripture and calling on the Lord through prayer. He is also attracted to men ... 

Homosexuality and the Pursuit of Truth: Knights of Columbus
Men of Valor Conference

Guadalupe Radio Interview: October 1, 2013

Pamphlet: A Place To Call Home

Pamphlet: Embracing the Faith

Other Resources from
Pursuit of Truth.ca

Today’s youth struggle with difficult questions of sexual identity. How can a youth worker offer wise care and counsel on such a controversial and confusing subject? Mark Yarhouse, director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity, equips youth ministers so they can faithfully navigate the topic of sexual identity in a way that is honest, compassionate, and accessible. Reframing the focus away from the culture wars, Yarhouse introduces readers to the developmental considerations in the formation of sexual identity---all of which occurs in the teen years. He offers practical and helpful ways to think about homosexuality along with suggestions for talking with people who experience same-sex attraction. He also helps parents and youth volunteers learn to graciously respond to children and teens who struggle with questions of sexual identity, and discusses how youth ministry can become more relevant in the lives of youth who are navigating these issues.

Understanding Sexual Identity
A Resource for Youth Ministry
By Mark A. Yarhouse, Wesley Hill

Part 1: Presentation given at a University of Tulsa

Part 2: Clarifying Chastity, Celibacy, and Abstinence

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