TOB Tues: The Sisterhood and the “Crying Need” for the TOB

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Everyone’s favorite “media nun”, Sr. Helena Burns, recently reviewed the six-part Lifetime reality TV series The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns. According to the good sister it is a “wonderful” show and well worth watching, though not without its drawbacks. One of those drawbacks is the attitude that some of the discerning women seem to have toward sex: Theology of the Body … Read More

TOB Tues: Pope Francis on Complementarity of Men and Women

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The Vatican-hosted international interreligious colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Women started in Rome yesterday with an address by Pope Francis. The purpose of the conference, which ends tomorrow, is to show the beauty of the complementarity of men and women, which has existed across cultures and religions. The Holy Father began his address by dwelling on the word … Read More

TOB Tues: Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman

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The Vatican is hosting an international interreligious colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Women from Nov 17-19. The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support … Read More

TOB Tues: The Sign of the Dying Body

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Recently came across an old article from Susan Windley-Daoust on The Sign of the Dying Body: How the Theology of the Body Helps Us to Die in Love Dying—undergoing it, or helping one who is dying—is a privileged space where we see and encounter God himself. And in dying, the ensouled body serves as a sign of gift and giving, … Read More

TOB Tues: Register Now

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Registration is open for the 2014 International Theology of the Body Congress. The theme this year is “Love, Mercy and the New Evangelization” and will focus on the important pastoral work of leading all men and women to Christ. The Congress will be held in a the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia, July 9-11, and will offer: –The most expansive gathering of … Read More

TOB Tues: The Annunciation and the Theology of the Body

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This is certainly not the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of the annunciation, but 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 Tues: Must Read TOB Column

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Over at Catholic Exchange, Kevin Tierney, (who is also one of my Catholic Lane editors) has been writing a column on the Theology of the Body since last July. Some excellent stuff you should check out: What Theology of the Body is Really All About Is Mary Missing from the Theology of the Body? The Treasures of Blessed John Paul … Read More

TOB Tues: The Nuptial Meaning and the Freedom of the Gift

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“Man…cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” Gaudium et Spes, 24 Continuing on the theme of the “nuptial meaning of the body” from last week — JP II on the nuptial (spousal) meaning of the body, the freedom of the gift and the very meaning of our existence: The revelation together with the original discovery of … Read More

TOB Tues: The Nuptial Meaning of the Body

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One of the central themes of JP II’s Theology of the Body is that the body has a “nuptial meaning.” On his blog, Msgr. Charles Pope gives a brief explanation of the nuptial meaning of the body, specifically as it relates to the priesthood. To speak of the nuptial meaning of the body, means that the very design of our … Read More

To Love at All

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To love at all is to be vulnerable. -C.S. Lewis See the original comic here. The full version of the quote, taken from Lewis’s book, The Four Loves, reads “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, … Read More