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keep in mind…

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Keep in mind:

The power that He uses to sustain you in the Eucharist

is the same power that Christ used to sustain himself on the cross;

the same power that God used to raise him from the dead;

the same power by which he ascended into heaven

and the same power that Holy Spirit strengthened the apostles with to change the face of the earth.

 

When you are not strong enough, remember who has your back

 

AMDG

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Purity of Heart (TOB 43:5)

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I read John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB) a few years ago (when I first moved to San Diego) and I have to admit, a lot of it went over my head. I had already been deeply moved by quite a few talks and books by Christopher West (which was my main motivation for diving into the source document) but I found the work, as a whole to be a bit beyond my comprehension and patience. Even so, there were a handful of passages that really stuck out to me. Recently, I opened it up randomly to TOB 39 and started reading. Wouldn’t you know that this is the part where JP II reflects on Mathew 5:28 “Whoever looks with a woman to desire her has already committed adultery in his heart.” That has always been a pretty convicting bible verse, and I remember all the discussions from Christopher West pointing out the salvific power of them as well, but later as I was reading the conclusion of that section of TOB, a specific quote from JPII struck me (I had already underlined it the first time I read it, but I guess it had slipped my mind).

 “‘Purity of heart’ is gained by one who knows how to be consistently demanding toward his ‘heart’: toward his ‘heart’ and toward his ‘body’. (TOB 43:5) Read more…