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…

FOCUS on Florida

Last month, news headlines had their focus set on Florida. From the horrific massacre of 49 people in Orlando on June 12, and the equally senseless shooting of Christina Grimmie (a rising star on the Voice talent show), to the tragic loss, just days later, of the child attacked and killed by an alligator just outside of Disney World in Orlando. These heart-breaking stories flowing from the Sunshine State gripped the nation, and the grieving…

Mind, Body, Spirit: A Fitness Model Encounters TOB

Growing up I was fascinated by the appearance of fitness models and always desired to look like one because they radiated strength, confidence, independence, and beauty.  I was determined to do whatever it took to alter the appearance of my body through diet and exercise at the young age of sixteen. After six years of competing in fitness model competitions it left me feeling worthless and empty.  Through dieting I became obsessed with my body and found my worth in how well I…

How a Dating Fast is Helping Me Live TOB

I’ve always considered myself independent, willing to embark on adventure. This has lead me to study for a semester in Rome, intern across the country at TOBI during college, and even become a missionary where I have the opportunity to speak to students across the country about Theology of the Body. There are many comforts that God has asked me to give up during this time that he’s called me to be His missionary, one…

Healing the Body (of Christ): TOB & Your Protestant Friends

October 31st, 2017 will be a big day in the Protestant world, especially my Lutheran world. It will mark 500 years since a young priest named Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, the event considered to be the start of the Protestant Reformation.  But its hard to call such an anniversary a “celebration.” True, reform was needed and certainly much good came of it, including the Council of Trent. But the splintering of western Christianity – these divisive wounds in the Body of Christ –…

Joyful and Celibate

I have started to describe my life in terms of “before TOB” and “after TOB” to friends and family since the Head and Heart Immersion Course last June.  “Before TOB,” I attended Mass on Sundays and was slightly active in my parish. “After TOB,” I am open to vocation as a celibate single person. At a retreat I attended last March, I heard fellow attendees say things that struck me deeply such as, “God wants to marry us,” and “We are all called to holiness.”  I…

Meant to Aid All Humanity: TOB, Fertility & Love

When I began my training to become a FertilityCare Practitioner, I was immediately drawn to learning the varied motivations behind why women and couples were coming to me to learn the Creighton Model, a system of true family planning and authentic women’s healthcare. The Creighton Model empowers women and couples to learn their times of fertility and infertility by observing biomarkers so to achieve and postpone pregnancy and monitor health. I found the reasons to…

Risky Business – A Man’s Take on Risk & Relationships

To start, let’s have a basic lesson in risk and investing. Keeping it simple – when you make an investment, the rate of return is usually based on a mathematical formula with a key factor being calculated risk. Why invest? Because we seek some sort of gain or growth on what we put in. You start a business to make money, you buy stocks to be paid dividends, etc. etc.   You give something with the…

Beauty, Cake & TOB

I am an artist, but not just any artist! My art looks lovely and tastes absolutely scrumptious! While cake decorating has been a passion of mine for the past ten years, it has taken on a whole new meaning through my study at the Theology of the Body Institute, particularly the course: “Theology of the Body and Art: The Way of Beauty.” Here are five things Theology of the Body has helped me understand as…

TOB & a “Mid-Life Crisis”

  When I turned 50, I experienced what most people would call a “mid-life crisis.” It seemed silly to me that a woman of my maturity and life experience would be seeking answers to fundamental questions of human existence.  Don’t women my age usually have it all figured out? Was I the only one who felt that life had passed her by and she missed the boat on so many fronts? I was sitting with…