Our Story: From Flower Children to Children of God

Ginny: As “Flower Children” coming of age in the 70’s, Gary and I bought into the lies that sex before marriage was no big deal. We believed that if two people loved each other, why not express that love with their bodies? We believed in marriage, but didn’t see the point in waiting for the “piece of paper” to express our love for each other. We both wanted children, but thought that once married we…

The Heart of the Gospel: A Divine Marriage Proposal

At the beginning of July, having just finished five weeks of evangelization training as a FOCUS missionary, I was given the opportunity to take a “Theology of the Body 1” course in Ave Maria, Florida. My previous experience with TOB had been minimal — a few classes in high school — but I believed that being able to explain TOB would help with leading Bible studies and mentoring women on campus, not to mention it…

TOB and the Freedom to Sip a Beer

The Theology of the Body let me order a beer. After studying TOB for two years at the suggestion of my wonderful bride Katie, I recently found myself in Germany at a restaurant nursing a traveler’s thirst. Without thinking twice, I ordered a Radler (a lager mixed with lemonade). When I say that TOB let me order a beer, perhaps I need to clarify. You see, the FIRST time I ordered a Radler in Germany was…

Saint Reflection: Bernard of Clairvaux (Memorial Aug 20)

  A Knight for Christ, A Divine Romance “As he now stood before his two oldest boys, holding a large crucifix in his hand and pointing to the wound in Christ’s side, he was manifesting more emotion than they had ever seen him show in all their years, even though Guy was eighteen and Gerard just sixteen. ” ‘My boy,’ said the father, ‘look at this wound often and let it speak to you. Let…

Homily for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time– Year C

  In today’s Readings for The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we see the sublime truths of the power and need for humility to become Jesus Christ, who is meek and humble of heart. We see this reflected in the Old Testament reading from the Book of Sirach and in the Holy Gospel with its introductory Alleluia Verse. We see right from the Opening Prayer that we have goodness within us and we are asking…

Homily for the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year C

  The Opening Prayer for this Sunday’s Holy Mass for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time is “pregnant” with themes from St. John Paul II’s catechesis called “Men and Women He Created Them-A Theology of the Body.” We just prayed for God to “fill our hearts” with the warmth of His love to attain the promises He has made to us “which surpass every human desire.” But, what is this “human desire” or human ache?…

Homily for the Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year C

  Archbishop Fulton Sheen often spoke in his retreats of God’s tendency toward “love’s delays,”[1] examples by which our heart is expanded with longing as we wait patiently for the Lord to make good on His promises. Our needs are not immediately fulfilled, our desires are not immediately satisfied, and our prayers are not immediately answered. God delays his arrival while we grow more anxious for his presence. The deeper the hunger, it seems, the…

When a Rising MTV Star Discovered TOB

In the Fall of 2007, I was in the process of hitting a “bottom” of sorts. Everything seemed great – my rock band, Army Of Me, had just released our first major label album on Atlantic Records. A video was in heavy rotation on MTV, our single was playing on radio stations nationwide, and we were playing concerts with artists such as Dave Matthews, Switchfoot, and Coldplay. But just three weeks before that album release,…

Communion-cation: Say What You Need To Say

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” – C.S. Lewis Growing up, my guy cousins and I were infamous for scrutinizing our uncles. From pranks to insults, as creative pre-teens, we dished it all. One uncle in particular received the most of our harassment. I remember picking on him about the words…

The Way of Saint James the Greater, Faithful Apostle of Jesus Christ

  I write this “saint reflection” on the Apostle St. James the Greater knowing full well I am not an expert or scholar on his life. But, I have had a personal encounter with this Apostle in my own priestly life. No, I have not had a “vision” of him, sad to say, nor have I been brought up into the seventh heaven as his brother John was, when he was receiving the mystical revelation…