Welcome, all you Little Catholic Bubblers, and everybody else! I’m glad Leila let me write for her. Today is the official unveiling day of this blog. I’m pretty excited. I assume that you all are coming over here in hordes, droves, possibly even scads.

I love what Leila does, because what I see on her blog is closer to actual conversation between Catholics and others than what one sees almost anywhere else on the interwebs. I’m hoping a lot of good conversations will happen on this blog, too.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I expect a lot of hard conversation to happen, too. I’m well aware that the issue I’m writing about is both difficult and emotional. I know I will be offending a lot of people, even if not by intent. I hope you’ll bear with me anyway.

I’m also well aware of how much thinking and praying I have left to do, about this issue and pretty much every other issue that there is. I fully expect to contradict myself multiple times1, because that is what you do when you’re still thinking about something.

Anyway! My hope for this blog is that people will hear something different from the usual. I hope other Christians in my situation will find encouragement here. I hope non-Christians will be willing to hear me honestly, and I’ll try to hear them honestly too.

To my gay brothers and sisters especially, welcome. I know your experience has probably been different from mine. I am willing to bet your road has been very hard. I’m looking forward to talking with you.

1 “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.” — Walt Whitman, of course, who was also a gay man, though not an especially Catholic one.

17 Comments on “Welcome”

  1. Lori says:

    Lori here, and yes … I linked over from the Catholic Bubble. I love reading Catholic blogs and look forward to yours! I’ve already bookmarked it. The LORD bless you and keep you!, The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace, so shall they invoke my name … and I will bless them.”

  2. Hallo Steve, very glad to have found your blog! I look forward to reading it regularly and following what you have to say. God bless you! – Stephen

  3. Lisa says:

    I just read your post at Leila’s blog– thank you so much for contributing to it and for adding a much-unheard voice to the typical cultural noise. It’s a voice that NEEDS to be heard.

  4. Becky says:

    Wonderful post, Steve! I look forward to reading more!

  5. Andrew says:

    Hey, just found your blog; you were linked over at CreativeMinorityReport.com and I’m glad you were!

    Love what I’m seeing so far. Keep up what you’re doing, even if the comment come nasty sometimes (or maybe worse, stop coming at all). People are paying attention!

  6. Amy says:

    I am so glad I found your blog! A good friend of mine left the Church to pursue an openly homosexual lifestyle and I have been struggling for a long time with it, feeling like I could have done more to help him when he was first struggling with SSA. You are an incredible witness to what it truly means to be a Catholic with SSA. God bless you and I will be following 🙂

  7. Bonnie says:

    I am so glad you’re blogging. Thanks to Leila for introducing me to your blog, too!

  8. Thanks for the encouragement, everyone, and for stopping by. I really appreciate both.

  9. Karl says:

    As a straight man with five children and more grandchildren, who was abandoned by his wife more than twenty years ago and who has chosen to honor those vows, I want you to know that there are others who share a choice of fidelity to the teachings and wisdom of the Catholic Church with you and anyone who earnestly pursues such a course.

    I dropped by via a link from “Creative Minority Report” and wanted to encourage your witness. Your walk, though challenging and likely, unpopular among many, is not impossible and not without reward.

    May God give you the grace to lead others to His son. Do all you do for love of Him.

    1. We probably shouldn’t play Let’s Compare Crosses, but yours sounds heavier than mine. Thank you for stopping by, and for your words of encouragement.

  10. Micah says:

    I came to this blog through a recent link on Creative Minority Report. I don’t struggle with SSA or anything, but I work for the Church and I just want to say thank you for having the courage to share all these thoughts with us. It’s very refreshing to see someone taking a faithful approach to this particular cross. I hope you plant a lot of seeds and bear fruit with this blog. God bless, brother.

  11. Elle says:

    I’ve just discovered Little Catholic Bubble and now you! Thank you! My 15 year old daughter has been struggling with the Catholic church’s view on gay marriage. She just read your post and was not only impressed with your writing but also actually got somewhat of a grip on things. I will keep following you and will pass on anything that her young mind can wrap around. Take care. Oh! Excellent analogy with the whole eating sand thing.

  12. Sonja says:

    Also a newbie. Glad to meet you. Let’s work together?

  13. digdigby says:

    Welcome! God puts his bravest knights in the most
    difficult places. There’s a sexual addiction technique that is very helpful. The 5-Second Look Away. Move eyes from “guy-qua-object of desire” focus on anything else and count slowly to five. You may or may not look back again but that is five seconds you gave to honor God. Most important! – teach yourself not to ‘download’ guys for ‘later’ and I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. If I can borrow a phrase “It gets better.”

  14. Nostor says:


    I just want to thank you for your blog and encourage you to go on. Being in the same situation as you are, I really enjoyed reading the things you have posted so far. Judging from your Q&A, I’m roughly ten years your senior and I just want to tell you (if you’re ever in doubt, although you seem comfortable enough), YES, it works, being a gay man, living faithful to the teachings of the Church and enjoy a fulfilled life nevertheless.

    All the best from Germany!

    1. Thanks, Nostor! I really appreciated this and your other comments.

  15. klh57 says:

    Yes, I followed you from Little Catholic Bubble! You wrote a very thought-provoking, excellent post. Thank you for sharing.

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