Today, in light of today's Gospel and Romans 6, Fr. Steve talks about the importance of preaching Christ crucified, and the powerful truth that Jesus speaks: "Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me." As an illustration of what that might mean, in his homily Fr. Steve reads from a chapter of his brother Dan's book, Why I Don't Call Myself Gay, entitled "The Gift of Loneliness." In that chapter, Dan talks about how he learned to embrace his suffering and join it to the suffering of Christ, as Paul talks about in Colossians 1:24.