Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace

Why I Don't Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace Author Daniel Mattson
ISBN-10 1621640728
ISBN-13 9781621640721
Year 2017-06-15
Pages 325
Language English
Publisher Ignatius Press
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Man is not merely self creating freedom Man does not create himself He is intellect and will but he is also nature and his will is rightly ordered if he respects his nature listens to it and accepts himself for who he is as one who did not create himself In this way and in no other is true human freedom fulfilled Pope Benedict XVI Daniel Mattson once believed he was gay but no longer Raised in a Christian family and aware of attractions to other boys at age six Mattson s life was marked by constant turmoil between his faith in God and his sexual attractions Finding the conflict too great he turned his back on God in anger and decided to live life the way the world said he should guided by his desires for men he accepted that he was gay and found a man to share a life with Yet he discovered the happiness and freedom that the gay rights movement promised him to be an empty mirage In this honest and frank memoir Mattson chronicles his journey from living a life as a gay man to finding freedom in living out the call of chastity rooted in humbling accepting the reality of his true sexual nature given by him by God he is simply a man like any other man who has walked the face of the earth Part memoir part philosophy about reality and part a practical guide for living chastely Mattson draws lessons from his own fight for chastity sharing wisdom from his own failures and successes Relying on the rich deposit of the saints for wisdom Mattson provides practical steps in battling for chastity rooted above all else in humble reliance on Jesus as man s holiness Recalling his own struggles in discovering the meaning of true friendship Mattson reflects on the nature of friendship and the temptations which can often enter the realm of friendship for a man like him He explains the Catechism s difficult phrases about homosexuality such as intrinsically disordered and finds within them liberating truth His journey comes full circle when his lifelong search for happiness and peace is found in the realization that above all else what is true about him is that he is a beloved child of God In his honest look at his own wounds shortcomings and his battle with God Mattson has written a book for everyone who has ever wondered who they are why they are here and where God can be found when we suffer A welcome voice of sanity among the muddled thinking of modern society who believes that sexual identity is rooted in the realm of feelings and desires Mattson urges the Church to unabashedly proclaim the Good News that Christ said while he walked among us Have you not read that He who made them from the beginning made them male and female Dan Mattson knows words matter When a man of deep experience keen mind eloquent expression and Catholic fidelity writes on a topic as vexing as same sex attraction the world and the Church should stop and take notice So take up and read You will find your sympathies stretched your mind sharpened and your ability to communicate elevated Al Kresta Host Kresta in the Afternoon This book is a must read for not only those struggling with same sex attraction but anyone who has struggled with God s plan for their life In the end if we re honest with ourselves like Dan we realize that Father and the Church really do know best Teresa Tomeo Author Extreme Makeover Host The Catholic Connection

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