Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #2

Part 3 of 5 This is part three of a series unpacking the four warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should contraception, and in particular the contraceptive pill, be permitted and encouraged. Today, we look at the second warning found in section 17 of Humanae Vitae. It predicted that access to contraception would facilitate “a general lowering of moral standards.” (HV, 17) So, in the past 50 years, has there been a general lowering…

Homily for the 7th Sunday of Easter – Year B

In one of his reflections on the Song of Songs in the Theology of the Body series general audiences (June 6, 1984), St. John Paul II elaborates on the nature of human and divine love. It is entitled, “Love Is Ever Seeking and Never Satisfied,” a title we can all relate to. We live in the desire of love and as believers we have encountered human and divine love, yet we remain on a journey…

What is TOB?

  Journey to the Heart: A Walk Through the Theology of the Body Audiences Episode 1 In this premiere episode, Bill Donaghy of the TOB Institute lays the historical foundation of St. John Paul II’s catechesis on human love and unpacks the concept of “the beginning…” in Audience #1!

The Mindful Catholic by Dr. Greg Bottaro

Is there any man or woman alive who is not looking to be affirmed for who they are as God created them to be in their own uniqueness and unrepeatability? We all ache for the affirmation that we are “unique and unrepeatable, someone chosen by eternal Love” (TOB 15:4). This “ache” is an existential reality common to every single human person. We are all made with the need to be affirmed, and when this need…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #1

Part 2 of 5 This is part two of a five part series unpacking the four warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should contraception, and in particular the contraceptive pill, be permitted and encouraged. Today, we look at the first warning, found in section 17 of Humanae Vitae. It predicted that access to contraception would “open wide the way for marital infidelity,” (HV, 17). One story alone will suffice to reveal that this first prediction has become a reality. Ashley Madison. In August…

Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday – Year B

Early on in my seminary formation, I greatly enjoyed learning about morality and ethics. My main role model at the time had a great knowledge of ethics and had impressed that upon me. I enjoyed learning how the great philosophers and theologians evaluated the “rightness” or “wrongness” of a given action. I was drawn to topics like “intrinsic evil” and levels of culpability for a given circumstance. However, at the same time, I also struggled…

Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter – Year B

When I was a child in the pew at Sunday Mass, my mother would often warn us to “catch the blessing” when the priest was about to conclude the Mass. One Sunday, after I had become a server, I carried the missal to the priest for the solemn blessing, and as he extended his hands to bless the people, I caught the backside of one hand on my cheek. My mother exclaimed after Mass, “You…

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter – Year B

Today’s Resurrection scene reminded me of the 1962 movie, The Miracle Worker. It’s about how Anne Sullivan helped the young, blind, deaf, and mute Helen Keller connect to the world around her and—in that connection—to come alive! The sense of touch was key. Think about it: this poor isolated and scared girl could not hear or see; touch was one of the last three senses remaining for her to connect to the world. But, Anne…

The Longing: Holy Week

I’ve never smelled rotting flesh, but I imagine Martha was not simply being stubborn or naive when she resisted the Lord’s instruction to “remove the stone” from Lazarus’ tomb. After all, he had been in there already four days – death had claimed his mortal body, it seems, because Jesus deliberately delayed his return journey to Bethany. In the ancient world, the custom was, in order to keep scavenging animals from feasting on mortal remains,…

The Longing: 5th Week of Lent

United With Love: Pledged With love in his eyes, we’ve reached the end of the aisle – our forty-day pilgrimage culminates with Holy Week, which, for Eastern Catholics, is celebrated as the Week of the Bridegroom.  It’s the week in which the Church, fertile with longing, aches to receive the gift of redemption poured out from the heart of the Bridegroom who gives himself away, not in pleasure but in agony. Like the grain of…