aries ~There is a woman breaking glass ceilings and leading the way. She stands in her own fire and charges from the gates of heaven with fresh eyes and radiance
taurus ~There is a woman who touches with her gloss body and makes art with the world. She is holding the paintbrush of god, creating beauty, comfort, and pleasure
gemini ~There is a woman who can change the world with her voice. Her mind is constantly blossoming with the daisies of cosmic messages, she writes the thoughts of God
cancer ~There is a woman powerful enough to shatter the laws of physics if you are in danger. She can erupt a force of terror upon those who threaten your little world together, child, lover, sister, brother
leo ~There is a woman whose world is a stage, who uses the senses of her heart to hear all things, whose love illuminates, nourishes, and sustains, there is a woman whose love moves the planets
virgo ~There is a woman working tirelessly to hold the whole earth together. Her mind is weaved with tapestry of crystal genius, standing in a shadow that casts more light than you could ever know
libra ~There is a woman holding down the floor in the court of law and justice, righteousness and grace. She is fighting for equality and love and acceptance in a world that breaks her heart
scorpio ~There is a woman who dreams the dreams of witches, demons, and angels, but she keeps it a secret and battles on. She is a leader of souls and raw spiritual energy, a sage, a crone, a survivor
sagittarius ~There is a woman who hears the soul of the world and translates it for you. Her wisdom is luminance, her joy is a prayer for your spirit. She is a teacher, a guide, she is laughter, wine, and life
capricorn ~There is a woman staring down violent opposition day after day, it is not enough to exist, but to shine a midheaven sun, let ambition guide, and cultivate a life of wisdom and meaning
aquarius ~There is a woman with an exquisite mind, endlessly sheltering and cherishing humanity with radiant love from a hidden crystal. She is fighting valiantly, and thanklessly for the soul of the world
pisces ~There is a woman who knows the way, desperate to return to a place of peace, and yet she stays to embrace and destroy your pain, she makes the ultimate sacrifice
Pandora (greek: Πανδώρα, derived from πᾶν, pān, i.e. “all” and δῶρον, dōron, i.e. “gift”, thus “the all-endowed”, “the all-gifted” or “the all-giving”) was the first human woman created by the gods, specifically by Hephaestus and Athena on the instructions of Zeus. As Hesiod related it, each god helped create her by giving her unique gifts. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to mold her out of earth as part of the punishment of humanity for Prometheus’ theft of the secret of fire, and all the gods joined in offering her “seductive gifts”. According to the myth, Pandora opened a jar, mistranslated as “Pandora’s box”, releasing all the evils of humanity leaving only Hope inside once she had closed it again.
As a gay Christian, specifically a gay Catholic, I’ve been plagued with the same question for as long as I’ve even considered that I may be a lesbian. And ever since I came out, I’ve gotten this question more frequently than anything else:
Isn’t homosexuality a sin?
Aren’t you going to go to hell?
I spent years debating this. I never had an answer until recently, and I’m writing this post for the gay Christians that are scared, and for the straight Christians that give our church it’s bad reputation of blatant homophobia.
The most common argument I hear for homophobia is that in the book of Leviticus, “a man must not lie with a man as with a woman” and that in Genesis, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. But does Christ not call us to love one another? Are we not called to “love one another as [Jesus] has loved [us]” regardless of gender? If your argument is that it’s wrong to be gay, so God hates you, you’re unfortunately very mistaken. God loves me and you and all the other people regardless of gender or sexuality; if God doesn’t make mistakes, then we are to love however we are made to by God.
Recall that familiar story in the Bible, where the centurion goes to Jesus and asks that Jesus heal his servant. You probably think of it as a touching story of a kind-hearted Roman soldier, but in reality, it’s a story of God healing a gay man’s boyfriend. In the original Greek version of that particular gospel, the Centurion refers to his servant as the Greek word that means a servant who’s duty is to be his/her master’s companion and lover. The man was, in essence, his master’s lover, and Jesus didn’t turn the centurion away because of this. He instead said “your faith has saved you”. Jesus didn’t reprimand the centurion or tell him he’d go to hell for having gay sex, he blessed that lovely gay biblical couple.
I had a conversation a few years ago, with one of my dad’s best friends. He is also Gay and Catholic, and when we spoke, he told me how important it is to love other, in all forms of love, whether filial or agape or eros love, regardless of gender, and that is why he doesn’t consider his sexuality a sin, and neither do I.
At the end of the day, faith, and its expression in the form of religion, is about our personal relationship with God. Or gender doesn’t determine our faith, nor does our sexuality, race, or age.
In the words of Pope Francis, “if a person is gay, and follows the Lord, who am I to judge?”