There appears to be significant self-loathing in the emerging portrait of the murderer at the gay-oriented Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. The best thing religious leaders can do for their constituents is to promote love of self– the self-acceptance and full dignity of being a unique human being, that includes our ethnicity, physical traits and sexual orientation. Love, compassion and empathy toward others begins here. There is no other healthy foundation for faith.
I invite people of ALL Faiths to persevere in spreading this message that we are, indeed, children of a magnanimous, benevolent God whose love is unconditional, who delights in diversity and the many colors and shapes and sizes of every living creature on the face of the earth. Condolences to all the bereaved. Together may we cultivate Hope together.
My LukeLive! ministry includes a central segment on the importance of love and self-acceptance. This meditation comes right after I’ve invited listeners to reflect on the day of their birth. You can listen to it here:
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For more in this conversation on the tragedy at the Pulse club, read this blog post from Bishop Robert Lynch of Saint Petersburg, FL. This is the BEST statement from a Catholic Bishop regarding the murder of gay men, lesbians and trans-gender: Please read: http://bishopsblog.dosp.org/?p=6644
Here’s an appropriate image for this week:
Pala Baglione, Borghese Deposition or The Entombment – Bing images