TOB Tuesday: Fill These Hearts Now Available!

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Good news! Christopher West’s new book, Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing, is now available. Even better news! Brandon Vogt is giving away three copies of the book on his website. Click here to enter. Winners will be selected on Friday. Here is the publisher’s description of FTH: Fill These Hearts is a book about desire. Not … Read More

TOB Tuesday: A Christmas Reflection

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A nice reflection from Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, IN: The Son of God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, became a human being so that He could show His immense love for us in a way that we could see and hear and touch. As we turn our gaze today in wonder and gratitude towards … Read More

TOB Tuesday: Merry Christmas!

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Three words: Word. Made. Flesh. “Through the fact that the Word of. God became flesh, the body entered theology through the main door.” -JP II, (TOB April 2, 1980) ‘Today a Savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord!’ Glory to God in the highest! The Christmas season has now begun! I’m savoring every moment of this … Read More

TOB Tues: Space Probes and Springsteen

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Cool. Here is an excerpt from the first chapter of Christopher West’s forthcoming book Fill These Hearts: God, Sex and the Universal Longing CHAPTER 1: THE UNIVERSAL LONGING Everybody’s got a hungry heart. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN In 1977 NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 to explore the galaxy. A golden record called The Sounds of Earth was affixed to each … Read More

TOB Tuesday: 5 Key Features

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these posts or even mentioned the Theology of the Body here at all. Continuing his series on Blessed John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility over at the Integrated Catholic Life, Dr. Edward Sri has written a new article giving a very brief explanation of some of the key features of … Read More

Theology of the Body Comes to Haiti

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This is wonderful! The Cor Project and Crudem Foundation have joined forces to bring Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body teachings to Haiti, a country who’s devastating poverty has lead to struggling marriage rates. According to Christopher West, very few people get married in Haiti. “The cultural situation is very different (from the U.S.). As was explained to … Read More

TOB Tuesday: The Liturgical Dignity of Work

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May 1 is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. St. Joseph was regarded in the Bible as a good and just man and was referred to by his profession (“is this not the carpenter’s son?” Mt. 13:55). The emphasis on Joseph’s work in the Bible and throughout tradition speaks to the importance of our own professional work. I love … Read More

TOB Tues: The Resurrection of Our Bodies

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Over at the TOB Institute, Christopher West reflects on the resurrection of our bodies. A little piece: 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. … We often speak of the “souls” in heaven. When we buried my grandmother, I saw … Read More

TOB Tuesday: The Myth of Sex

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The preface to Tim Muldoon’s latest column at Patheos reads: This is the myth of all myths: that people could use each other and still remember what compassion and tenderness looked and felt like. What follows is a very creative little narrative of the fall and how men and women lose their sense of compassion the more they try to … Read More

TOB Tuesday: Intimacy with the Cross

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Ah, Lent! That time of year when we spend a little more time than usual reflecting on how much we have distanced ourselves from God by our sin. Personally, I can easily get discouraged and even disgusted with myself when we think about the many ways I have chosen darkness over light. But, the Lenten season is also preparation for … Read More