Posts Tagged ‘Theology of the Body’

Setting the World Ablaze: Living the Theology of the Body

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” This famous quote attributed to St. Catherine of Sienna could very well describe the good fruit of the second international Theology of the Body Congress held this July in Philadelphia. The event brought together a first-class roster of speakers (Damon Owens, Christopher West, Dr. Janet Smith, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. John Grabowski, Dr. Deborah Savage, and many more) that...

The “Sacramentality” of the Body and Same-Sex Marriage

The argument against same-sex “marriage” isn’t really about marriage; it’s about children – right? Well, yes and no. Actually, it’s primarily, or at least first, about the human body or bodies, before it is about either of those realities. The body, as Blessed Pope John Paul II has written, is the “sacrament” or “icon” of the person, male and female, revealing the deepest essence of who we are. Thus, what we do with...

Purity and Clearness of the Intellect

Pope Benedict XVI made it one of the hallmarks of his pontificate to combat what he termed a culture of “moral relativism.” This is not simply a neutral decline in societal and familial morality, but an outright attack upon it in order to destroy and undermine moral truth, that reality which man did not create. Moral truth is manifested within each human being as the imprint of God’s providence leading us towards our good, that...

American Women, Catholic Teaching, and the Culture Wars

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the dignity and vocation of women, published in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Mulieris Dignitatem. Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

The twenty fifth anniversary of the Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of women (Mulieris Dignitatem) is upon...

I Told You So: Humanae Vitae at 45

A while back a good friend, knowing my love for Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, sent me a clever image. While I don’t know the origin or the author, he or she was quite creative in capturing the sentiment of the fruit of a culture that has either ignored, or made hasty, incorrect judgments, about the Church’s beautiful teaching on life and love.

It is a picture of the Holy Father Paul...

Single, Yet United With God

Sitting alone in a corner, I relaxed into the ambience of a cozy coffee shop. I sipped my coffee, pulled out my Bible, and waited for a friend to join me for breakfast. The room was filled with tables of new couples and old friends. Time passed slowly as I emptied and refilled my cup but my friend never arrived. As I paused to enjoy the jazz overhead I smiled to myself about the irony...