Online TOB Class Tonight!

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According to Inflated Tires a special Theology of the Body class on Humanae Vitae with Father Thomas Loya will be live-streamed online tonight (April 15) at 7:30 p.m. eastern time. Fr. Loya is a regular columnist for the Theology of the Body Channel at Catholic Exchange. He also has his own show for Catholic Radio Network called A Body of … Read More

TOB Tuesday: The Resurrection of the Body

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Since we’re still celebrating Easter, here’s an old column from Christopher West on Christ’s Resurrection and ours: During this Easter season it is fitting to reflect on the resurrection not just of Jesus’ body, but of our own bodies at the end of time. Many people have an erroneous “super-spiritual” view of eternal life. Such people tend to see the … Read More

TOB Tuesday: Holy Week!

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Some great TOB reflections for Holy Week: In this article Christopher West describes the Cross as Christ’s “marriage bed” where he consummates His love for His bride the Church: While this imagery might raise some eyebrows, it needn’t be cause for scandal if we properly understand the spousal symbolism of the Bible. As the Catechism observes, “The entire Christian life … Read More

TOB Tuesday: Eighth Grader: “They’re Abusing God’s Gift”

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A very proud mother recently passed along to me her son’s topic for his current events assignment at school a few weeks ago. It was on the 3/5 Fox News article “States Move Away from Abstinence-Only Sex Education as Teen Birth Rates Rise“. His summary: Students from Connecticut and California could be learning about a no-abstinence only sex education soon. … Read More

The Annunciation and the Theology of the Body

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Though this is certainly not the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of the annunciation, when Mary accepts the message of Gabriel, her fiat, is a yes to God’s plan for her sexuality: “Mary shows us how to accept the gift of our embodiedness, and this includes the God-given sex of the body. In this it … Read More

TOB Tuesday: Fasting is Preparation for Feasting

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If you’ve ever wondered what the purpose of Catholic fasting is, TOB expert Christopher West offers this beautiful explanation: Fasting allows us to feel our hunger. And feeling our physical hunger can, if we allow it, lead us to feel our spiritual hunger, that is, our hunger for God. Think of the woman at the well: she came there physically … Read More

TOB Tuesday: The Call to Marriage

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The spousal language of the body, as explained in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, is lived out in two specific vocations: Marriage and celibacy for the Kingdom. Here, in part of the Road to Cana DVD series the late and very blessed Fr. Richard Neuhaus beautifully explains the call to Marriage: Strong, healthy, Christ centered marriages are the … Read More

TOB for Teens on EWTN!

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Starting tonight EWTN will air the Theology of the Body for Teens on Thursday evenings at 11:30 p.m. eastern with an encore each Friday at 2:30 AM Eastern. Grab your teens – even your pre-teens if you think they can handle it – and have a TV night! If you don’t get EWTN through your cable or dish provider you … Read More

TOB Tuesday: Lent and the Theology of the Body

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Fr. Loya of Catholic Exchange has a great article on how Lent can be helpful to our sex lives: Lent is characterized by three things: prayer, fasting and almsgiving (increased charity.) Perhaps the most striking of these three features is fasting. The practice of fasting is found in many of the great Biblical figures the first of whom being Jesus … Read More

TOB Tuesday: TOB and Lent

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“The body in fact and only the body is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It has been created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden from eternity in God, and thus to be a sign of it.” (TOB 19:4, Feb 20, 1980) Lent is a very “bodily” season … Read More