We are re-born in baptism to a completely new life in Jesus Christ and thereafter we use the "label" Christian to describe ourselves. At the same time we actively resist attempts by others, or any personal experience of temptation, to describe ourselves in ways that are incompatible with the new life He has given us through the grace won for us by His passion, death and Resurrection.
The catechism helps us in our understanding:
"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: 'Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.' " (CCC 1213)
Total freedom is necessary for the full human development through nature and grace that God intended for us from the beginning and which has been won for us after sin by Jesus Christ in His redemptive self-offering on the Cross.
"Re-Born this Way"
Join the movement with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to help create a kinder, gentler world where frightened young people are not exploited into using labels to describe themselves based upon what may be only transitory feelings that are a part of normal human development.
Together we can build a safer, kinder world where each human person is free to grow to his or her full human potential in authentic freedom without the bondage of labels peddled by predatory adults with a toxic agenda.
No more labels except the ones God gives us: man and woman made in His image and likeness.
Please help to combat the destructive agenda of the misguided "Lady" Gaga as seen at this link in her Born This Way Foundation.
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