“God is a concept by which we measure our pain” – one man’s struggle to reconcile his faith and his sexuality

It is ironic that for someone who is not a fan of the Beatles should quote John Lennon as the title of such a serious topic but it is no more ironic than associating God with pain whereas God is supposed to be about love.

When I first saw that line, (of all places, on the wall of a public toilet), my heart ached in resonance. How it epitomized the guilt I felt over the dark years when I realized that I was at once both a Catholic and a man attracted to other men.

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