Theology of the Body

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From Dr. Gerard O’Shea:

It is now almost thirty years since Pope John Paul II began his series of Wednesday audiences that was to form the basis of his Theology of the Body. We could even go back further and quote from the Apostles Creed, which comes from the earliest ages of the Church: “I believe in the resurrection of the body…” Still, there is a lingering sense among ordinary Catholics and perhaps Christians in general that the body somehow doesn’t count in the final scheme of things. As a teacher and principal of many years experience, I have stopped being surprised at the answers I receive just after Easter when I go into classrooms of primary school children and ask this question: When Jesus rose from the dead, did he have finger nails and hair? Almost invariably, the children are not sure, and most believe that he didn’t. They think that when He rose again, He was a spirit; He left his body behind!

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A column from Fr. James Farfaglia at Catholic Exchange:

Because of original sin our darkened intellects, weakened wills, and inflamed passions will always move us in the wrong direction. Continual effort is necessary to control the inner movement of our ego and allow the presence of grace to take control of our thoughts, desires and actions.

The battle of the spiritual life might be compared to walking in a river against the current. If we do not continue walking or reaching out toward a rock for support, then the current will most assuredly carry us in the opposite direction.

Any serious discussion about the charism of celibacy or the sacrament of matrimony must take into consideration the seriousness of concupiscence and John Paul II, in his monumental work “The Theology of the Body,” delves into this reality with profound insights for our considerations.

Priests who live out their vocation with fidelity, enthusiasm, and joy should not be surprised that the charism of celibacy does come accompanied by a continual struggle. This struggle is rooted in the human condition.

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A Marine First Lieutenant reflects on his experience at a Theology of the Body Institute Head to Heart Immersion Course:

marineMy name is Matthew, and I am a 25-year-old Catholic man serving in the United States Marine Corps. Since I first heard the late Pope John Paul II’s teaching on the Theology of the Body as a junior in college, I have been praying continually for the grace to live my manhood as Christ originally intended. In January, 2009, I had the opportunity to spend a week in prayer and study on this magnificent truth in the Head and Heart Immersion Course. By the power of the Holy Spirit it was a life-changing experience, and hands-down the best week of my life.

The Head and Heart Immersion Course did many things to deepen my relationship with God. First off, it deeply affirmed a priestly calling I had been discerning since midway through my last deployment. The thought of a religious vocation was both exciting and terrifying to me. In the midst of a steady relationship coupled with a lifelong desire to marry and raise a family, the thought of a celibate vocation, to say the least, had its immediate drawbacks. With sincere prayer and the enlightening lessons throughout the course, Christ softened my heart to receive whatever vocation he called me to. I pray that when my service commitment concludes, my calling to priesthood will be as intense and peaceful as it is right now.

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An article on physical prayer from Joel Haubenreich:

Crucial to the understanding of the necessity of physical prayer is the fundamental Christian belief that we do not merely have bodies, but in fact are bodies. At Mass we profess our belief in the resurrection of the body, our hope in the reunification of our whole persons. Our bodies will on that day be rejoined to our souls, and we will once more be complete. Our bodies, then, here on earth must have a part in every action, even spiritual actions. We must, taking seriously Jesus’ charge to “love the Lord you God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind,” commit ourselves fully to his service, using every faculty given to us.

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Here is a list of some TOB seminars coming up this October. Is your town on this list?

God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage Seminar
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
604 West Ave., Jenkintown PA, 19046
Presented By: Immaculate Conception Parish Team
Contact: Amy Fontecchio
Phone: 610-873-2017
Click here for more information.
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An Introduction to the Theology of the Body
October 3rd, 2009
Alphonse Schwartze Catholic Center
2207 W. Main Street, Jefferson City MO, 65109
Presented By: Bill Donaghy
Contact: Family Life Ministry Diocese of Jefferson City
Phone: 573-635-9127, ext. 240
Email: communitymin@diojeffcity.org
Click here for more information.
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God, Sex and the Meaning of Life
October 7th, 2009
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
8213 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville VA, 20155
Presented By: Christopher West
Contact: Laraine Bennett
Phone: 703-753-6700
Email: artlaraine@comcast.net
Click here for more information.
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God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
Instructor Training

October 9-10, 2009
St. Bernadette Parish Hall
266 Main Street, Northborough MA, 01532
Presented By: Damon Owens
Contact: Allison LeDoux
Phone: 508-929-4311
Email: aledoux@worcesterdiocese.org
Click here for more information.
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God, Sex and the Meaning of Life
October 12th, 2009
Weidner Fine Arts Center at UWGB
2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay WI, 54311
Presented By: Christopher West
Contact: Diocese of Green Bay,
Religious Education Office
Phone: 920-465-2217
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Proclaiming the Theology of the Body
A Seminar for Priests
October 13th, 2009
Holiday Inn Manitowoc
4601 Calumet Ave, I-43 & Highway 151
Manitowoc WI, 54220
Presented By: Christopher West
Contact: Fr. Tom Long
Email: tlong@gbdioc.org
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Proclaiming the Theology of the Body
A Seminar for Priests
October 16th, 2009
Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
3220 Bayview Avenue,
Toronto, ON, Canada M2M 3R7
Presented By: Christopher West
Contact: God, Sex and the Meaning of Life Ministry
Phone: 416-481-5465
Email: stbreg@gmail.com
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Theology of the Body
Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life

October 16th – 17th
Canada Christian College, Elmer S. McVety Centre
50 Gervais Drive
Toronto, ON, Canada M3C 1Z3
Presented By: Christopher West
Contact: God, Sex and the Meaning of Life Ministry
Phone: 416-481-5465
Email: stbreg@gmail.com
Click here for more information.
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The Longing
October 23rd
Texas A & M University
Rudder Auditorium
College Station TX, 77843
Presented By: Christopher West
Contact: St. Mary’s Catholic Student Center
Phone: 979-846-5717
Click here for more information.
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Fill These Hearts
God, Sex and the Universal Longing

October 24th, 2009
Rice University
Stude Concert Hall, Alice Pratt Brown Building
6100 Main Street, Houston TX, 77005-1892
Presented By: Christopher West
Contact: Fill These Hearts
Email: info@fillthesehearts.com
Click here for more information.
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God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage Seminar
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
1 Fatima Drive, Secane PA, 19018
Presented By: Bill Donaghy and Lorraine Ranalli
Contact: Amy Fontecchio
Phone: 610-873-2017
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Gods Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
Instructor Training

October 24-25, 2009
Catholic Pastoral Center
523 N. Duluth Avenue, Sioux Falls SD, 57103
Presented By: Mike Allen, Jay Wonacott
Contact: Diocese of Sioux Falls
Phone: 608-988-3776
Email: jlorang@sfcatholic.org
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God, Sex and the Meaning of Life
October 29th, 2009
Villanova University
800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova PA, 19085
Presented By: Christopher West
Contact: Villanovans for Life/ Generation Life
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God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
Engaged Couple Session/Instructor Training

October 31-November 1, 2009
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
636 First Ave. North, Sleepy Eye MN, 56085
Presented By: Damon Owens
Contact: Father Paul Timmerman
Phone: 507-794-4171
Email: jwonacott@ascensionpress.com
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