Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bagong Pagasa's Steps Up Retreat in Gensan

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Forwarded invitation.

Dear Brother,

It has been a wonderful experience journeying with you towards healing being our ministry partner. Indeed, it is difficult to keep our commitment to leave the gay lifestyle behind because we still live in a very gay-affirming society. Remaining faithful to your commitment to your healing journey becomes more challenging without a regular support group.

In this regard, we are inviting you to join BP’s STEPS UP RETREAT in General Santos City on May 24-26, 2013. You will learn about Ex-Gay SURVIVAL TOOLS that will help you OUTWIT, OUTPLAY, and OUTLAST the temptations of the enemy! On top of this, you will get to interact with support group members from BP Manila and BP Cebu, and brothers from other BP network locations. Consider this your “once-in-a-year” support group meeting!

If interested, please contact us at (02)886.4441 / 0927.578.8373, or via e-mail at It is advisable to confirm early so that you may avail of cheap airfare (promo rates). Once we receive your confirmation, we shall send you an application form, and other details about the retreat.

Come and gain a rich sense of the redeeming hope and freedom that is available through our Lord Jesus Christ in this life-changing retreat!

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Hoping you could come,

John Zulueta

Executive Director

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Finding Courage

Bob's story is a familiar story about a God-fearing man who strives sincerely to be a good Christian but finds himself battling with homosexuality.  He keeps the struggle to himself but comes to a point where he realizes he needs help. 

Brothers/Fathers of Courage,

Peace to all of you.

I am 'Bob' (not his real name) of Sorsogon City here in Bicol. I am writing you an e-mail because I am also one of those men who is also bearing the cross of same-sex attraction on me. I am 23 years old and have been struggling for years to overcome the urgencies, weakness, guilt and sin of being a homosexual.

Being like this had been an emotional ride. For, admittedly, I found please in giving in to my weakness and temptations. And after some time, I would hate myself for having done these self-abusing acts. To add to my self-inflicted misery but a light of hope to my life, I am also part of a community. I am quite sure you are familiar with YFC (Youth for Christ) and now SFC (Singles for Christ). Even when I am an active member and even a leader of this group, I still lurk on homosexual practices. I thought doing Christ's works and serving others would "pay-off" these deeds. I have been leaving a "double life". And I have been wrong.

Despite of all of this, Christ manifested His power in me. That in my weakness, there is strength. Through these communities that I have joined, I have known my God better. I have learned to worship Him in times of my trials. Last year, through SFC Knights, (a recollection which defines manhood not of worldly meanings but of God's) and after deep thought and Christ's affirmations in my prayers, I have let go of my same-sex partner for over 4 years. It was painful of course, but it was more of a door towards freedom opened for me by God. I opt to be loved by the One who truly loves me.

Now, I want to remain in His love.

However, the battle is still continuing.  I may have let my partner go yet I am still into pornography.  I still feel attractions to the same sex; however, I don't want to engage in anything. That's probably why I felt porn as the closest thing to the 'deed'. Yes, I know this is wrong and this will not in anyway heal me. I am seeking a support group for I know I could not win this battle alone. I will need prayers, guidance and maybe counseling.

I was happy to learn that Courage org has also its satellite here in the Philippines. I would like to be a part of this group, if you may. I would like to know how for I have been seeking a group that specifically attends to the needs of brothers like me. The only concern is that, I am currently here in Bicol.

Please guide me through any process and pray for me as well. Thank you and God bless.


Bob has found courage in himself to admit that he has a problem and that he needs help. It also takes a lot of courage to let go of a relationship which he has done as well. This is the first step and a very important one. Bob has already contacted us and we are praying that through God's help a Courage chapter in Bicol will be established through the permission of their local bishop.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fr. Robert Barron on Gay Marriage

Listen up! Fr. Barron comments on Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument. No bigotry, just pure common sense rational thinking.