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The redemption of the body 

The redemption of the body 

This is the eighth article in a series outlining St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. You can read the seventh installment here. In his consideration of the redemption of the body St. John Paul again takes the words of Christ from the Gospel of Matthew as ...

Alienation from love

This is the seventh article of a series outlining St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. You can read the sixth installment here.    After delving into the original experience of our first parents as recounted by Genesis, ...

Why do Catholics use the word “disordered”?

Any high school teacher both loves and loathes the team-based review game. They’re fun and functional, but often bring a streak of chaos to your classroom. When my former students selected team names, I would refuse to let them ...

Christian Anthropology and the Gift of Chastity

\"The Christian view is one of integration and cooperation. God calls me into existence, and commissions us -- as a species -- to cooperate with Him in the work of generating, nurturing, and even saving.\" Watch the rest of this ...

The human person as a gift

This is the sixth article of a series outlining St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. Read the fifth instalment here. In the theology of the body St. John Paul focuses our attention on the significance of ...

Break open the filing cabinet: Chastity & Integration

“You seem very…managed.” I sat across from a priest on a retreat. He had just heard me describe a few elements of my relational history. This was his response. “I mean, it’s sort of like a filing cabinet,” he ...

Fathers, sons, and the masculine identity

What does it mean to be a man? This is a question I ask myself often when I consider my role as husband and father. Is being a man a reflection of how much money we earn? Or the ...

“In the Beginning”

Having already outlined Pope St. John Paul’s thought on the human person and love as it is found in Love and Responsibility, the next series of articles are devoted to a second text, Man and Woman He Created Them, ...

Pride, guilt, and life unashamed

Explaining the Church’s teaching on same-sex desires in today’s world isn’t easy.  We feel hesitation, embarrassment…shame.  Living the Church’s teaching on same sex desires poses its own challenges.  Internal confusion, hiding…shame.  June’s Pride Month offers what may seem to be a ...