Continuing our series on the moral depravity of homosexuality, let us turn to quotations on the matter from two heavy-hitting saints. Saint Catherine of Siena (1346-1380) is a Doctor of the Church, and St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444) is a Franciscan preacher who brought reform to the Catholic Church. Below are quotes from them on the corruption that remains sodomy (all emphasis my own).
ST. CATHERINE of SIENA
St. Catherine of Siena, a mystic in prayer, says God relayed His following thoughts to her on the sin of sodomy:
“But they act in a contrary way, for they come full of impurity to this mystery, and not only of that impurity to which, through the fragility of your weak nature, you are all naturally inclined (although reason, when free will permits, can quiet the rebellion of nature), but these wretches not only do not bridle this fragility, but do worse, committing that accursed sin against nature, and as blind and fools, with the light of their intellect darkened, they do not know the stench and misery in which they are.
“It is not only that this sin stinks before me, who am the Supreme and Eternal Truth, it does indeed displease me so much and I hold it in such abomination that for it alone I buried five cities by a divine judgment, my divine justice being no longer able to endure it. This sin not only displeases me as I have said, but also the devils whom these wretches have made their masters. Not that the evil displeases them because they like anything good, but because their nature was originally angelic, and their angelic nature causes them to loathe the sight of the actual commission of this enormous sin.”
(St. Catherine of Sienna, The Dialogue of the Seraphic Virgin (London: Burns, Oates and Washbourne, Ltd., 1925), p. 255)
Catch that? This sin is so abominable that our Lord says even the demons, who tempt men to this sin, have to look away when it is performed! Yet, our society is so perverse, we hold parades in large cities around the country to celebrate this vice that sends so many people to hell.
ST. BERNARDINE of SIENA
“No sin has greater power over the soul than the one of cursed sodomy, which was always detested by all those who lived according to God’s law…
“Such passion for untenable practices borders on madness. This vice disturbs the intellect, unbalances an elevated and generous state of soul, drags lofty thoughts down to base ones, makes men pusillanimous and irascible, obstinate and hardened, servilely soft and incapable of anything.
“Furthermore, the will, agitated by the insatiable drive for pleasure, no longer follows reason but rather the tumult of the passions…
“One who lives practicing the vice of sodomy will suffer more pain in Hell than anyone else, because this is the worst sin that exists.”
(St. Bernardine of Siena, Predica 39 in Le Prediche Volgari, Milan: Rizzoli, 1936, pp. 869-71, F. Bernabei, Chiesa e omosessualita, pp. 11-12)
On this side of death, we hold public parades to celebrate the behavior that will cause souls the most pain for all of eternity, on the other side of death. Lord, have mercy!
Would it not be wonderful to hear our US bishops and priests teaching on this issue with such clarity as St Catherine and St Bernardine of Siena?
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