Brilliant Patrick. So well written, with a balance to looking within yourself while also relating the teachings of the Catholic Church. Personally, my early introduction (age 4) to organized religion was so misplaced, muddy and hypocritical that I turned away from any such organization. Which makes the fact I grew so interested in your essay, and remained so engaged a far bigger compliment than you’ll likely ever know. Thank you for educating me and being honest about your personal struggles. I hope you’ve found love and acceptance personally, and are also still able to do work that’s fulfilling in your faith.