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"IGNITE the PLANET: Our Catholic Moment" 
A 13 Minute Fanfare from Ignite the Planet Banquet. September 4, 2014
Fr. Mike Dandurand, Nick De La Torre, Anne Cook, Melissa Heichel, Peter Herbeck, Greg Schlueter, Mike McCartney, Stephanie Schlueter, Fr. Dave Nuss



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In Our Capacity to Love We Image the Trinity.

What IT's all about.

Friendship is the desire of every human heart- to be in meaningful communion with others, beyond obligation.  The Holy Spirit abides in families drawn together in friendship. Such friendship is anchored in God who is Himself a Communion of Persons, the very definition of LOVE - as each Person constantly pours Himself out for the other.  This is what IT’s all about: Image Trinity.  In Him we discover who we are, what we are to do, and are flooded with supernatural grace to be IT.


What does IT looks like?
  An entire community being transformed in Love.

Dynamic retreats and events. Engaging television and radio programs showcasing families Living IT. Dynamic resources. Integration through web and social media. Dynamic integration and partnership with Eucharistic communities.

When families discover their identity, they get IT more and more, and become a vital basis for extending IT to other families in need.  Imagine-- PreCana, Marriage Encounter and other programs not being an end, but an initiation into a vital community-  one grounded in friendship, and fully integrated into local parishes, but accepting that vitality comes from the “living it out” beyond church walls... leaven in the world.

This vision is already happening.  We are a growing network of families united in friendship and committed to a common vision and mission... a desire to be more deeply formed by our Image of the Trinity, and to live out the implications of that identity.

We are a light on a hill.


Under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Blessed John Paul II, we will build a large family retreat as a warm, welcoming, prayer-filled environment for vital family-transformation in our own area, and as a spring board to the rest of the country... including publications, radio, television, resources, programs and conferences.  If you are called to help us make this vision a reality, please shoot us an email. Above all, please join us in prayer and work that we all might more fully Image the Trinity.

Become what you are, and the world will know God who IS Love!

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A Life Changing Story

By Greg Schlueter

38 years ago Michael and Joanne Wagner boarded a bus heading for the March for Life in D.C. Everything about them proclaimed God's gift of life. Joanne was carrying baby number 13. 

Somewhere around midnight, while on the bus... head resting on her husband's shoulder, at the very young age of 39 - God called her home. She died silently in her sleep. (many years later, some who were on the bus that night reported the little boy kicking her womb)

Burdened with an anguish I could never imagine, Michael returned home... loss of his unborn child, and the love of his life, an empty bed, an empty home, to face the demands of twelve, younger children without a mom. 

Michael made no more than $20,000 a year. He worked night shift. So many demands. How would he do the all-consuming "it"? 

Somehow, beyond human understanding... though not without the usual travails of life- their life radiated the incomprehensible but evident light of God's abundant grace. As an anecdote, somehow they found a way to put each child through Catholic schools. 

My wife, Stephanie, was number 11. She was only five years old at the time. She shares a touching story of her first day back at school-- not quite understanding everything, only knowing her mom expected her to have her hair in piggy tails (or "honkers" because her brothers use to pull them!)... not having her there to do so, her dad rose to the occasion... using twisty ties. 

While Michael was reunited with his wife, they remain great examples to me... for my children-- of a life well lived... that radiated a providence beyond our poverty, a completion beyond our calculation... that what God calls us to, He will provide for. 

Had to include a photo with youngest brother  Keith
So may it be for all God's children, born and unborn. Beyond our means, know His great love for you. Trust in Him. You don't need to find a way. Just turn to Him who is the Way.

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Greg Schlueter is Secretariat Leader for Evangelization and Parish Life for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo. He and his wife, Stephanie, are parents to seven children (one in heaven) and also lead Image Trinity, a Catholic family movement committed to engaging families in the great adventure of discovering our identity and living IT - we Image the Trinity. (Get IT?) 

Duck Dynasty & A&E : The Battle for Human Nature


Below is excerpted from the GQ interview with Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson. Based upon Scripture, he included homosexual activity in speaking of sin. Duck Dynasty was subsequently dismissed by A&E.


In our ongoing dialogue with culture, this article prompted some questions and considerations in sincere interest of reply. 

Doesn't A&E's decision reveal their OWN organization to be "intolerant," "hateful," "discriminatory," "judgmental"? Doesn't their decision demonstrate that we can not NOT judge? Indeed, disputing this, or anything herein, constitutes judgment.

If we're going to navigate life based upon judgment, ought not the compass be based upon the indisputable, human nature we all share?

In the instance of homosexual activity (not inclination), what argument can counter the one the body has already made: Same genders do not "fit" together; their sexual processes can never accomplish their undisputable, natural end. Does anyone deny that the sexual arousal involving an erection is complementary with a woman's physical receptivity, as are the complementary purposes of sperm and egg?

As such, homosexual activity is un-natural, as un-natural as is eating and intentionally throwing up. As un-natural as any sexual arousal divorced from it's intended purpose, outside it's evident, natural context of commitment between a man and a woman.

Peal back the layers, the heart of the argument for homosexual "marriage" is simply this: "Per sexual preference, to each her own, recognized with rights." No one has the right to question anothers' sexual preference. So much more, homosexual "marriage" insists that we as a society recognize anyone's preference in the form of special rights.

Anyone challenging this is met with the pop-cultural Leviathan unleashed: "hateful," "discriminatory," "judgmental."

What the multitude do not realize is that this Leviathan will not have a leash. It will not play by our selective rules. It turns on us.

What objection can anyone make to "marriage" comprised of multiple partners? Or between a father and a son? Or with a pet? Or with one's Ipad? Answer: Nothing. We've got nothing to say. How dare we be so hateful.

The Monster is unleashed.

When we don't recognize and respect a special something, it becomes everything, and thus, nothing. Thus we find ourselves today, internally and in our relationships - divided, splintered, alienated, incomplete. Something within us constantly beckons for real intimacy and wholeness (the root meaning of "holiness").

Our internal and external worlds reveal us to be at war with ourselves, with our nature. We are a people given a gift as a participation in the life of the Giver. Used apart, using others, using ourselves - we remain in exile. We are in prison. There, we will never find peace.

All this culturally reinforced by false understandings of "tolerance" and "freedom" whose values a false liberalism has enshrined. When we see the Leviathan banish Duck Dynasty, but extol Miley Cyrus, we ought to recognize it has fully morphed into a full-fledged ideology of anti-nature. Unmoored from our anchor, who we really are, whom we are revealed to be, we are adrift. There can be no real freedom.

And yet our enemies are not human, but "spiritual powers in the heavenly realms" (Eph. 6:12), those whose rabid jealousy seek to deceive us into rejecting our God-like nature.

Robertson's was a "truth spoken in love" - validated by the sociologically proven fact that we really can't break the law, only ourselves against it. Indeed, what Commandment have any of us ever broken that has not, in fact, broken us?

Which of us, in fact, have not fallen? Are we not all in need of God's abiding, healing, transforming grace and mercy?

In this very moment, with an impassioned heart we could never comprehend, God seeks us back into the Great Fellowship, the Great Intimacy with Him for which we were designed, and in which we are destined if we would choose.

Brothers and Sisters, this Christmas Season He beckons us. Seek. Choose. Believe. He is near. Emmanuel.
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“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Paraphrasing Corinthians he added: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD was quick to criticize Robertson for his comments and called on A&E to take action.

"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," said GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz. "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans - who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."

Robertson also told GQ his family has lost its privacy since they were thrust into the limelight as the stars of the hit show, but it was well worth it because the series has given him a platform to spread his religious beliefs.

“For the sake of the Gospel, it was worth it… All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s 80 years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.”

Parenthood Today for our Kids Tomorrow (Taking Off the Gloves)



We labor for the kind of house that makes it impossible for us to ever be home. We celebrate pregnancy long enough to leave them on others' door steps. In the name of our expensive education. We name them "boredom" or "unfulfilled."

And at the end of the day, when we are with them, they get the scraps of our time, attention and energy. We have our TV programs and electronic media. We buy them stuff to further orphan them. We sacrifice our kids for things, instead of things for our kids.

We are fathers of the fatherless. In absence of our love our daughters search for it artificially; we allow them to dress and act in certain ways as if we've forgotten what it was like as a teenage boy. To our sons we bequeath an image of "adult" that is anything but. No true north. No anchor. No fundamental sense of mission and purpose. To both we surrender important boundaries, expectations, follow-through easily to their push back, leaving them puppets to the world around them-- which reaffirms their lack of worth.

To all this we say, "they'll be ok" - an answer we wouldn't think of giving our boss about our work.

And we wonder... why they're disconnected. Confused. Angry. Misguided. Disrespectful. Rebellious. Selfish. Unkind. The truth is, they're imaging us. They are passing along us. They are our legacy... crying out for a kind of love they were designed to receive, for which we alone were uniquely designed to give. Your greatest and most sacred trust.

Parents- there are no presents that surpass the gift of our presence. Our greatest joy in life will only be found in giving it away-- to our spouses and our children. We have but a moment and then it's gone. That moment is given now.

Let's live it.

World Record



Steph:
"Dominic, you're a good kid."

Dominic: "No I'm not! I sin more times than I can count!"
Steph: "Good thing for God's mercy, huh?"
Dominic: "But you've only sinned like one time in your life....."
Steph: "Not so much."
Dominic: "Yeah, well... I'm sure you have a world record or something!"