Sex: Talking to Your Little Ones

Talking to Your Little Ones About the Big Topic of Sex A much repeated sentence we hear at our Theology of the Body retreats and courses is, “I wish I heard this when I was younger!” or “I wish my parents were able to give me such a positive and beautiful message about the gift of sexuality!” Well, we can’t change the past, but by His grace we can certainly affect the present and hopefully…

23 Keys for Unlocking the Mystery of Gender, Identity, and Human Sexuality

Who am I? This fundamental question is asked ultimately by every person ever born. What is this great mystery of human life? What is our origin, and what is our destiny? As Catholics, informed by Sacred Scripture (God’s Word) and the great gifts of reason and human experience (Man’s understanding), we propose the following points to serve as a kind of manual on this mission of self-discovery. 1. The Catholic understanding of the human person is…

Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

This passage is a parable for the Kingdom of God. The hearers of this Gospel passage would have been Jews who had been faithful (to some degree or another) throughout their whole lives.  They were proud of their Jewish heritage, their traditions, their worship, and their status.  They could not imagine that the Messiah would invite gentiles to his flock.  After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he told his disciples to go out to the…

Homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Many of our parishioners may have heard of Saint John Paul II’s teaching on the Theology of the Body. If we were to ask them what that means, what would they say? I am guessing that many would say, “Oh, that’s about chastity, right?” Or, “I think that’s for married people.” Well, that is partly true. But, John Paul II also wrote at the end of this four-year long series on the meaning of our…

Homily for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

In Rembrandt’s painting of the father embracing the prodigal son, we see the father, elderly and blind, drawing his son close to his heart in a warm, merciful embrace. The son, on his knees, his head shaven and his clothing torn, receives the embrace, and is welcomed back into full communion with his father. The son’s head is turned sideways and his ear is pressed against his father’s chest, where, I imagine, he can hear…

Coming to Our Senses

Growing Confusion on Gender Identity I read an article recently about a gay man who met a woman at a brunch in Los Angeles. The woman had transitioned to becoming a “man” through hormone therapy (testosterone injections giving her facial hair, more muscle mass, etc), and this transgender “man” then began dating the gay man, thereby becoming a gay trans “man.” They soon got “married” in a same sex “marriage” ceremony. The gay trans “man”…

“This is My Body”…(I Have to Go Potty…)

(This post is just a little sampling of Bill’s upcoming TOB Congress talk entitled “The Beautiful Mess of the Family”) The altar bells had rung, drawing our eyes to the moment of consecration. Their pristine tones reverberated throughout the stone nave of our parish church where the silent faithful gathered to receive the Bread of Heaven. For a moment, even our pew, nestled full of our four children (ages 7, 5, 3, and 8 months) with…

OVER THE RAINBOW

Why are there so many songs about rainbows And what’s on the other side? – Kermit the Frog In the summer of 2014, President Barack Obama, by virtue of the power of his office, declared June to henceforth be known as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Just a year later, in June of 2015, the campaign for same sex marriage saw a legal victory with a 5/4 vote in the Supreme Court declaring that two people of the same sex could be civilly married. The campaign…

5 Ways to Live Theology of the Body in Your Family

Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love) has captured in a beautifully intimate way what the Theology of the Body should look like as a marital and familial spirituality. With true tenderness, the pope shows how it is in the intimate garden of the human family that the theology of our bodies first breaks into the soil of human history, allowing our personalities to grow, ascend, and blossom into the larger world. Marriage and the…