Theology of the Body and Human Formation of Seminarians

 THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & PRIESTLY VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT: PART 5 Using Pastores Dabo Vobis (PDV) and the Program of Priestly Formation (PPF) as the guideline for this reflection on how St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body would supplement the formation of men who are candidates for the priesthood, I intend to highlight – not exhaust – some areas of particular importance where TOB expounds upon what the Church asks for in the human…

Theology of the Body and the Role of Our Lady in Discernment

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & PRIESTLY VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT: PART 4 St. John Paul II had a great relationship with Mary, the Mother of God.  It is said that when his earthly mother passed away when he was 9; he went to Our Lady of Czestochowa and proclaimed her to be his mother now.  This relationship grew to be one of the most important relationships in John Paul’s life.  His papal motto of Totus Tuus (Total…

Theology of the Body and Spiritual Fatherhood

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & PRIESTLY VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT: PART 3   At the end of the movie “Saving Private Ryan”, Captain Miller (played by Tom Hanks) lies dying and says quietly and profoundly to Private Ryan (played by Matt Damon), “earn this.” Of course, he speaks of the sacrifice that he, Captain Miller, and the other members of his special team of soldiers have given of their lives to save the life of Ryan.  As…

Theology of the Body and The Gift of Celibacy

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & PRIESTLY VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT: PART 2   Celibacy and sexuality To understand celibacy it is important to have a good understanding of human sexuality, because celibacy will call for the strength to make certain renunciations, but will also (if understood and lived correctly) provide fulfillment for one’s sexual nature.  In fact, the primary reason that people sometimes see celibacy in a negative light is that they see it as denying a…

Theology of the Body and Gift

  Theology of the Body & Priestly Vocational Discernment: Part 1 St. John Paul II, in his Theology of the Body, refers back to the Second Vatican Council.  Specifically he refers back to The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) 24:3 “Man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.”  To be a gift to others is the Christian life.  The discernment question is how God…

TOB: The Right to Life and Social Justice

  While the main focus of this homily is on the relationship between St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the Right to Life, I would also like to share some thoughts, both mine and others on the important close relationship between “social justice” issues and “right to life” issues. Actually, these issues were never treated separately, but only recently are they discussed separately, as if they do not flow from the same…

Fill This Womb

As we reflect on Mary as Mother of God we are naturally invited to reflect on the first home that she offered to the Incarnate Word, namely her own body. To be more precise, she offered her womb. The Motherhood of Mary invites us to reflect on the meaning of a womb and normally when we reflect on the Motherhood of Mary, we reflect on this womb, which is full of God. But Mary’s full…