Fearing the Lord ... and Not Being Afraid

The sixth speaker was Fr. Paul Scalia,  Chairman of the Board of Directors of Courage and Chaplain for the Arlington, VA chapter. His talk was titled, “Fearing the Lord … and Not Being Afraid.” He makes the distinction between good fear of the Lord which is based on love and is a gift from God that brings us closer to Him verses a bad fear based on a false belief that God is an avenging God. Understanding this is key to developing a proper relationship with our all loving yet almighty God.

All Things For Good

Dr. Bill Consiglio, Founder and Director of HOPE Ministries, gives a hope-filled message that despite our brokenness and sins we can trust that God has a providential plan for our good. As Romans 8:28 says, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

Paul's Testimony

2013 Courage/EnCourage Conference

Paul gives his touching and powerful testimony of his deep involvement in the gay lifestyle and his difficult but grace-filled, miraculous climb out of this deep darkness, ending by returning to the Catholic Church after forty years, and living a Christian life with the help of his local Courage chapter.

The Joy of the Lord Will Be Your Strength

Fr. Paul N. Check, Executive Director of Courage International unfolds this topic starting with Luke 10:21 “In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.’”

Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Sexual identity and complementarity

2333 Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual differenceand complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out.

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, 141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." 142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

141 Cf. Gen 191-29; Rom 124-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10.
142 CDF, Persona humana 8.

The Memory of Fr. John Harvey, OSFS and the Future of Courage and EnCourage

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke gives the opening keynote address titled “The Memory of Fr. John Harvey, OSFS and the Future of Courage and EnCourage”, at the annual Courage/EnCourage Conference. After an introduction by Fr. Paul Check, Executive Director of Courage, Cardinal Burke gives a tribute to the late Father John Harvey the co-founder of Courage and EnCourage who was his personal friend. He focuses on the many pastoral innovations that Fr. Harvey developed from his deep respect of the personhood of people with homosexual attraction, leading them to accept and embrace the virtues advocated by the Church.

Angelo's Witness

2011 Courage/EnCourage Conference

Angelo's Witness: Audio only – Angelo gives his witnesses to his difficulties with same sex attraction. Listen to this moving testimony of how he is now winning that battle through the help of Courage. Recorded at the the annual Courage/EnCourage Conference in the Chicago area.