Dear friends in Christ,
I was so perplexed about what I should do about my feelings (I left the Church over them, as you'll recall.) I kept telling Father in confession that I wished Christ would just sit next to me and tell me what I should do. Father lent me a book, and in it I've found the answer. I know that some of you struggle or know someone who struggles with this, so I thought I'd share.
“First of all, Christians with same-sex attractions will ceaselessly pray, as all Christians must, in all the ways God provides. They will practice personal prayer in their rooms. They will devote themselves to unceasing prayer in their minds and hearts. they will also engage in spiritual reading. They will constantly read the Bible, especially the psalms and New Testament writings, with the lives and teachings of Christian saints. They will practice silence, both exterior and interior. They will fast and practice periodic abstinence from certain foods. They will guard their senses. They will work in wholesome occupations for the good of others and engage in wholesome hobbies essential to their own well-beings. They will share their possessions with others, especially those poorer than themselves and those in special need. They will also support the Church’s missionary, philanthropic, and pastoral work. They will discipline their bodies with vigils and prostrations. In addition, these Christians will do whatever it takes to control their carnal, emotional, and spiritual lusts. They will “crucify the flesh with it’s passions and desires” in order not to “fulfill” its “lust” (Gal. 5:16-24)”
-Fr. Thomas Hopko (Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction: Eastern Orthodox Reflections)
The book may be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Christian-Faith-Same-Sex-Attraction/dp/1888212756