What God hath provided: masturbation

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming devotional titled Sex With God. No temptation hath taken you—except human; and God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able, but He will make, with the temptation, also the outlet, for your being able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 YLT) This devotional is filled with encouragement to view sex as sacred, and to embrace the beauty of becoming one with a person who contributes to your wholeness. But what about the millions of people who don’t have a partner, and those separated from their beloved by distance, illness, depression, or extreme demands on time? There can be great unitive power in the act of restraining

The Water Awaits

Painting by an unknown Indian artist. Yesterday much of the church celebrated the baptism of Jesus by John in the river Jordan. Here's the reading used in the independent (LGBTQI+ affirming) Catholic church we attended: Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This

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