God is Love
Aaron Ledesma born and raised in Houston, Texas where he attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory for his high school years. He is a Marquette University alumnus and graduated with a public relations degree. He is the Communications Manager for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Headquarters. Ledesma is a cradle Catholic seeking to understand his God and faith as an openly gay man.
In church what were some of the obstacles you faced with people not accepting you?
The biggest obstacle was myself. I remember fearing that the Churchgoers would judge me. It took years for me to be a proud gay man, and the fear I had with the Catholic Church would result in me being ashamed. As it turns out, I was wrong. No one at Church has judged me nor made me feel unwelcome. In fact, many have gone out of their way to embrace me.
Another obstacle was actually listening to the hardcore conservative Christians who were using a handful of Bible verses to justify their arrogance. As I did research and sought spiritual advice from priests and theologians, I realized they were all very wrong.
How has the invitation for the Pope’s arrival changed your life?
The invitation has strengthened my faith in this nation and in the Catholic Church. This generous act showed me the progress we've made as a society and reaffirmed my belief in who I am as a person.
Witnessing this historical moment was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will remember this day for the rest of my life.
How are Catholic values changing your life style?
Catholic values have always impacted my life. The Church teaches the word of God, which is love. I strive every day to be a loving person to those I know and to those I don't.
At the end of the day, I'm just a young gay Catholic sorting through life and faith. My hope is to be the best person I can and when I fall short, like we all do, to seek forgiveness from God.
What is your message to the world about God?
God created all of us and he loves all of us EQUALLY. He does not choose who to love and who not to. He does not judge one type of person over the other. God is loving and forgiving. At the end of the day, only He can judge us for our sins. His word never taught us to hate, discriminate or judge one another. He said to love thy neighbor, and that is what we should do. Together, we can make the world a better place and spread the word of God.