Posts Tagged ‘theology of the body’

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…


Chris West at USNA

June 18, 2011 1 comment

During my senior year in college (2006), I was fortunate enough to have Christopher West come and speak to an open audience (both Catholics and Protestants who were interested) at my school about “God, Sex, and the meaning of Life.” He allowed us to record it and share as we saw fit, so there’s no copyright issue. Here is a link to the download if you want to check it out (about 90mb and 90 minutes long).

(note: the first voice you hear is the priest saying an opening prayer, Chris starts right after that)

also, while I still have space (over a GB), here is the link to the full video…



June 18, 2011 1 comment

The glory of God is man fully alive.” ~ st Ireneaus

 We all grow up with heroes in our lives whether they were TV characters or sports stars or our dads. And it’s no coincidence that we spent a lot of time pretending we were them. Whether we were in the back yard with a basket ball or inside with the Nerf guns, we wanted to be the hero and we wanted to save the day. Even as we grow up a lot of us play sports and video games to get that fix of “hero time”.

It’s no accident that we have this desire. It’s no accident that it’s been a part of our masculine upbringing since childhood. And sadly, it’s no accident that forces in our lives today try to limit our “hero time” to hours spent in front of a TV or on a ball field divorced from all other reality. Read more…