June 7, 2021
The title for this blog came to me as I struggled to find a good focus for my reflection. As I often do, I turned to the dictionary for starters. One definition of pride is “delight or elation arising from some act, possession or relationship.” For the word proud, I found “very pleased, exultant,” and “having proper self-respect.” So, who or what am I proud of as a lesbian Sister of Mercy?
As we celebrate Pride Month 2021, I’m proud that I am able to be open about my sexual identity within and beyond my Community. I’m delighted that so many people with whom I’ve shared my story have been affirming and supportive of me. I’ve been elated when, in spite of my personal reticence, I’ve been able to support other lesbian and gay folks, or to help educate others about the experience of being lesbian or gay in a not-always-welcoming world.
Early on in my own journey of coming out, however, I realized that I was also being called to tap into the prophetic aspect of our vocation, called to see, say and do something about injustice, about the discrepancy between what is and what God’s Word calls us to. My firsthand experience of being part of the marginalized LGBTQ+ community heightened the urgency of this call.
Two events stand out in my mind regarding this call and its demands.Read More