TOB Tues: Benedict on the TOB

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On May 13, Pope Benedict met with the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family to help celebrate its 30th Anniversary. There he talked about the importance of ‘connecting the theology of the body with the theology of love.’ The National Catholic Register has more: The human body is a God-given instrument for communicating love, although … Read More

TOB Tues.: True Love and Virtuous Chastity

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Only the chaste man and the chaste woman are capable of true love…Conversely, it is only through love, i.e. the affirmation of the person, that chastity becomes a virtue. -JP II, Love and Responsibility See also: Love = Affirmation of the Person

TOB Tuesday: I Believe in Love!

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Today’s contribution to the Register’s Theology of the Body Symposium comes from Fr. Jose Granados: Is it possible to believe in love? To our culture, love seems funny, interesting, desirable, maybe necessary … but certainly not trustworthy. It does not seem to be solid and lasting enough so that one can build one’s entire life on it. Pope John Paul … Read More

How to Take Care of a Pregnant Wife

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I love the Art of Manliness website…probably because I love men. Today, Brett has a sweet post giving advice to men on how they can help take care of their pregnant wives: A lot of guys find the pregnancy process a little bewildering. Not knowing what to do, they end up nervously backing away instead of stepping up the support … Read More

TOB Tues: NFP and Red Hot Catholic Love

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Last week I highlighted Catholic theologian, writer and spiritual director Tim Muldoon’s post candidly sharing how he and his wife discovered Red Hot Catholic Love by following what the Church recommended when it came to sex. In a follow up post, Muldoon shares he and his wife’s experience with Natural Family Planning (NFP): Natural family planning was wonderful because it … Read More

TOB Tuesday: Red Hot Catholic Love

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When they were dating, Tim Muldoon and his wife asked, “what if we did exactly what the Church recommended when it came to sex?” What they found was: Red Hot Catholic Love! Yeah, it’s possible. We dated. We talked about sex. Of course we wanted it. But we waited. Ours was a transcontinental romance nourished by letter-writing (which I recommend … Read More

Valentine’s Day Advice for Singles

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As if there wasn’t enough pressure from our society to “couple up” – at least temporarily – we also have an entire day solely dedicated to celebrating romantic love. As a single person myself, I don’t really get worked up over the whole Valentine’s Day “thing” (although, these days, being in my late 20s with most of my friends settling … Read More

TOB Tues. Bonus: Life-Long Married Love is Possible

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In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up next Monday, this is a nice reminder that life-long married love is still possible, despite what our culture tells us: Worldwide Marriage Encounter has announced that Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall of Lordsburg, New Mexico, are the national winners of its “Longest Married Couple” contest. The couple will celebrate their 82nd wedding anniversary on … Read More

TOB Tuesday: A Person’s Rightful Due

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“[T]o be just always means giving to others what is rightly due to them. A person’s rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use.” -John Paul II, Love and Responsibility p. 42 See: Human Beings as Objects of Use: Part I, Part II, Part III TOB Tuesdays

TOB Tues: Faithfulness Forever

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The words, “I take you as my wife/as my husband,” bear within themselves precisely that perennial and ever unique and unrepeatable “language of the body,” and they place it at the same time in the context of the communion of persons. “I promise to be faithful to you always, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, and … Read More