Emily Stimson has a TOB must read over at CatholicVote about how discovering JP II’s vision of the human person helped her overcome anorexia and negative body image issues: The Theology of the Body taught me that my body was not some hunk of flesh encasing my soul; it was me. It expressed me. It made me present to the … Read More
TOB Tues: TOB for Kids?
Amid the ongoing debate in the Catholic blogosphere about proper and effective sex education, I came across this post from Dr. Gregory Popcak on whether it’s appropriate to teach the Theology of the Body to children 10 years old or younger. He’s responding to Elizabeth Duffy who thinks that TOB is too complex for young kids. Popcak disagrees saying, “Teaching … Read More
TOB Tues: Homosexuality and the TOB Cont.
Part II of Fr. Peter West’s look at homosexuality and the Theology of the Body: True love is demanding. The source of the beauty of this love is its demanding nature. That is why true love builds up the true good of man and allows it to radiate to others. St. Paul gives us the definition of love in 1 … Read More
TOB Tues: Homosexuality and the TOB
Fr. Peter West takes a look at homosexuality and the Theology of the Body: Polls show that most young people today, even those who identify themselves as Christians, have no problem with “same-sex marriage.” If young people today are at all aware of what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage and human sexuality, what they think they know is often … Read More
TOB Tuesday: Our Bodies Tell the Story
Still not sure if you want to pick up Christopher West’s new book Fill These Hearts? Here is another sneak peak for you: From CHAPTER 7: OUR BODIES TELL THE STORY Several years ago a friend gave me a picture book called Magic Eye: Beyond 3D2 that promised to enable the viewer to “see what is invisible.” It was my … Read More
TOB Tuesday: Fill These Hearts Now Available!
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
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!
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
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
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