Holy Week with Dante

Written by Brittany Miller on .

I have been wanting to read Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy for some time, but have always been too busy to begin. However, after learning of Pope Francis’ high valuation of the poem, I knew that I could no longer delay.

Through his writings, Dante, is a man who invites us to regain the path of our human journey and the hope to once again see the bright horizon where shines the full dignity of the human person.

Happily, I have found the poem to be much more understandable and enlightening than I had envisioned. Despite its Medieval nature, the poem ignites the deadened imagination and reminds the reader of the undeniable human desire for God.

Dante’s Divine Comedy begins with Inferno, which describes the principle character’s journey through hell. I began Inferno near the beginning of Lent and have found it to be an excellent aide to Lenten preparations for confession. Journeying through the various rings of hell, and the corresponding human sins, invites the reader to make an interior journey into the depth of one’s own soul.

Dante’s punishments are carefully crafted to reflect the underlying nature of unholy human behaviors. The vivid images compel the reader to determine if one’s current state of being corresponds to the state of the punished sinners.

For example, Dante’s pilgrim encounters a group of souls who lived their life with no real purpose. They were too cowardly, or too lazy, to devote themselves completely to God or even to adamantly resist Him. As the pilgrim watches, he sees a blank banner go by:

Fully Alive: Summer 2016

Written by Kristin Bird on .

Theology of the Body Series

Discover the meaning of life & the purpose of love

Wednesday Evenings
June 1, June 8, June 15, June 29, July 6 & July 13
6:30 - 8:30PM

St. Raphael the Archangel Parish
830 S. Westhaven Dr
Oshkosh, WI 
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There is no charge to attend the series.*

Presented by Burning Hearts Disicples in collaboration with the Diocese of Green Bay Department of Education.
A Diocese of Green Bay Ongoing Catechetical Formation Course.

In this 6-part series, learn more about the legacy left behind by St. John Paul II. This introduction to his Theology of the Body will explore these questions (and more):

  • What does Scripture reveal to us about who God is? About who we are?

  • Why do I have to go to Church? Why can’t I just pray by myself?

  • How is God’s Divine Design revealed in sacred art and architecture?

  • What exactly is God’s Plan for sexuality? What does the Church really teach about sex?

*Materials Needed: 

Participants will be encouraged to read selections from Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by St. John Paul II which is available for free online.  Copies of the text (as well as other resources) will be available for sale during the course.

A free-will offering will be accepted to help defray material, hospitality and presenter costs.


Ordinary Time for Ordinary Lives

Written by Fr. Larry Rice on .

Green is the color of most of our Church year.  Green vestments on the priest and deacon, green banners hanging behind the altar, green plants adorning the sanctuary.  After the glitz and glamor of the Christmas and Easter seasons, this season in our Church year can seem, well, ordinary.

Ordinary Time

The period in our Church year that follows the Christmas season, and then again follows the Easter season, has an unfortunate name—Ordinary Time.  The name comes from the fact that while we are outside of special seasons, the Church simply counts the time as it passes (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, etc).  It's counted time using the ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd...) which is how it got it's name.  Of course, being that it's also outside of the special seasons, it often feels mundane, routine, ordinary as well. 

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Rev. Larry Rice, CSP explains Ordinary Time this way...

Theology of the Body Resources

Written by interGen team on .

The word “theology” literally means “the study of God.” Since God calls all his children to know, love and serve him, studying theology is something he calls of us to do.   This is particularly true of the theology of the body — the study of the meaning and purpose of the human person and what we reveal about the One in whose image we were made.  The Theology of the Body covers a vast amount of scripture and information. The resources below may help you to grow in understanding and appreciation of what some have called St. John Paul II’s greatest contribution to the Church. 


These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the BOdy

These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the BOdy

by Emily Stimpson

The theology of the body is a theology for the rooms where we make love. But it’s also a theology for the rooms where we work, where we eat, where we laugh, and where we pray.

These Beautiful Bones takes you on a walk through those rooms. With both humor and practical wisdom, it sheds light on what the theology of the body has to say about life beyond the bedroom—about the everyday moments that make up a life—helping you discover how to let grace enter into those moments and make of them something extraordinary.

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Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love

Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love

by Edward Sri

Edward Sri unpacks the Love and Responsibility (St. John Paul II’s pre-cursor to the Theology of the Body), making it accessible to all. He helps readers appropriate practical information on such topics as: authentic love; the problem with pornography; the meaning of friendship; how to achieve greater intimacy in marriage; and more. Study questions make this a valuable resource for personal and group study.

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Love & Responsibility

Love & Responsibility

by Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)

Love and Responsibility is Karol Wojtyla's groundbreaking book on human love. In this classic work, which was a precursor to his series of addresses that became knows as the Theology of the Body, Wojtyla explains relationships between persons, especially concerning sexual ethics, in the perspective of the true meaning of love.

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Healing the Whole Person

Healing the Whole Person

by John Paul II Healing Institute

Experience Jesus in His mission of healing on a retreat or by ordering the audio talks. Physical, spiritual and emotional healing, central to the Church’s life and 2,000 year tradition, come to life today. The uniquely engaging format will help you see and experience God’s healing love through teaching, prayer, personal reflection, adoration and the Sacraments.

The mission of the John Paul II Healing Institute is to promote and inspire transformation in the heart of the Church, by healing and equipping God’s people for the New Evangelization. This mission is fulfilled in the very heart of the Church, helping people activate the fullness of their sacramental graces, while transforming their lives.

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Divine Adoption: Bios/Psyche/Zoe References

Divine Adoption: Bios/Psyche/Zoe References

by Sr. Marie Kolbe Zamora

Theologian and evangelist Sr. Marie Kolbe Zamora has created a Scriptural reference booklet to help explain and outline the implications of Divine Adoption and the anatomy of a soul - bios/psyche/zoe.

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Suscipe Prayer

Suscipe Prayer

by St. Ignatius of Loyola

Although it doesn’t use the word, the Suscipe is, in the end, about love. As Ignatius introduces the prayer in a section entitled “Contemplation to Attain the Love of God,” he defines love in the same way as St. John Paul II does in his Theology of the Body. Love is about what Ignatius calls a “mutual sharing of goods.” Love, in other words, is to be a gift of self.

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Theology of the Body Resource Guide

Theology of the Body Resource Guide

by Burning Hearts Disciples

We've created a Resource Guide to help guide you in understanding and appreciation of St. John Paul II's beautiful teaching on the Theology of the Body.


  • What Is Theology of the Body?
  • So What? What Does Theology of the Body Have to Do With Me?
  • Theology of the Body for Children
  • Video & Audio Resources
  • Print Resources
  • Web-Based Resources
  • Family Resources

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