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.
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.
Rev. Larry Rice, CSP explains Ordinary Time this way...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
INSIDE THIS GUIDE
- 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
Parenting Lessons in Humility
Of all the great teachers in my life, my most surprising teachers have been my own children. Clearly, they do not help me gain basic knowledge or life skills (I do that for them), but they have opened up for me the path to virtuous living in ways that I could have never foreseen.Caring for my children has provided me with ample schooling in the virtues of patience, kindness and love, to name a few.
However, my children first taught me to practice humility, which was the gateway to desiring to grow in virtue and holiness at all.
During World Youth Day 2013, Pope Francis issued a challenge to today's church:
“[W]e need a church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a church that accompanies them on their journey; a church able to make sense of the 'night’ contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and sisters from Jerusalem; a church that realizes that the reasons why people leave also contain reasons why they can eventually return.
But we need to know how to interpret, with courage, the larger picture. Jesus warmed the hearts of the disciples of Emmaus.
It is important to devise and ensure a suitable formation, one which will provide persons able to step into the night without being overcome by the darkness and losing their bearings; able to listen to people’s dreams without being seduced and to share their disappointments without losing hope and becoming bitter; able to sympathize with the brokenness of others without losing their own strength and identity."