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The mothering life of this gay partnership evolved alongside the AIDS crisis and within and against Italian American culture that reflected the Catholic Church's discountenancing of homosexual love. Giannone vividly weaves his reflections on gay life in Greenwich Village and his spiritual journey as a gay man and Catholic into his experience of caring for the women of his family.
In Hidden Giannone recounts a gripping religious conversion, drawing on the wisdom of the ancient desert mothers and fathers of Egypt and Palestine. Because he was raised a Catholic, the shift is not from nothing to something. Rather, it is away from the modeling power of institutional Christianity to the tempering influence of homosexuality on the Gospel. Gay or straight, so long as we remain hidden from ourselves, the true God remains hidden from us.
Chapter One: An Unfurnished Life Chapter Two: The Unexpected Moment Chapter Three: School for Change Chapter Four: School for Trust Chapter Five: Entering My True Country Chapter Six: Love's Hiding Places Chapter Seven: Death and the Remainder of Life Chapter Eight: Of Guilt and Sorrow Chapter Nine: Heart's Memory Acknowledgments