Theology of the Body

Love and… Responsibility?

It is routinely pointed out that about half of all marriages end in divorce. But what is not often discussed is the other half of the equation: the marriages that don’t break up. Are those marriages thriving? Do married couples that stay together feel truly close to one another? Do they achieve true, lasting, personal intimacy? The picture on this […]

The Church’s Weighty Call to Women

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

It is an odd time to be a woman.  Never before have women had the freedom and opportunities that I have; at the same time, never before has the identity of woman been so confused.  It is no surprise, then, that Pope Francis has called for a “theology of woman.” The purpose of the Women’s March on Washington still remains […]

The Law of Gift

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the September/October 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp Love & Responsibility: The Law of Gift How does a person know if he […]

How Could Mr. Right Turn Out to be So Wrong?

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp Sense and Sensibility: How Could Mr. Right Turn Out to be So Wrong? Many […]

Avoiding Fatal Attractions

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the May/June 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp A man eating lunch at a restaurant notices an attractive woman at another table, […]

Beyond the Sexual Urge

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the March/April 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp In our first reflection on Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, we considered […]

Getting it Right—The Foundation of Friendship

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the January/February 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp In his book Love and Responsibility, Karl Wojtyla—now known as John Paul II—reflects […]

Speaking with Christopher West about “Fill These Hearts”

I remember so clearly when I first “met” Christopher West. I had picked up a CD of one of his talks after a Jason Evert talk at a neighboring parish. I was stuffing envelopes in our parish office, pregnant and wondering if this “Theology of the Body” stuff was really worth fiddling with, when I found myself listening to a […]

Book Review: Freedom (Matthew Pinto)

Theology of the Body… The phrase sounds so… intellectual. It makes one think of lofty religious ideology, spirituality, and maybe even a type of mysticism associated with marital union. Pedagogy. Instruction. Philosophy. Hard to understand. Need my glasses. Yikes! Way too much for the average person to digest.  Right?  Wrong! “Theology of the Body” may seem like a lofty term […]

The Acts We Perform; the People We Become

From the 1950’s through the late 1970’s Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) was a professor of moral philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin in Poland, specializing in sexual ethics and what we call today “marriage and family life.” He produced two important books touching on these matters, The Acting Person, a rigorously philosophical exploration of Christian anthropology, and […]