219. How to Overcome Cynicism in Our Dark Times with the Virtue of Hope

I host an exclusive live Facebook chat with members of The Cor Project each month (learn more here). I was surprised by the level of interest in the following question someone posted about cynicism:

I have several friends who are quite cynical in nature and, therefore, skeptical of the Theology of the Body. I’ve heard (and tend to believe) that a cynic is deep down a dreamer/romantic who is wounded. How do you deal with folks who are cynical in general?

Here’s how I responded:

COR THOUGHTS 213: Fertility and the Battle Between Good and Evil


This week’s readings continue the same themes as last week: seed, soil, and groaning. Speaking in spousal categories, “seed” refers to the Bridegroom, “soil” to the Bride. When seed and soil meet, new life springs forth, and that entails “groaning.” Why? Right from the first pages of Genesis, we discover that fertility places us in a raging battle between good and evil. The enemy’s hatred (“enmity”) is aimed at “the woman” and her ability to bear offspring. Genesis reports a conflict between “seeds”: the woman’s (Mary is “the woman” and Jesus is her “seed”) and the enemy’s (see Gen 3:15). “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man…. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.” We win this battle by remaining always open (like Mary) to the “good seed” and not being deceived by the bad. But how can we know the difference? We are so weak and the enemy so cunning! “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings … according to God’s will.” Lord, your will be done in us!

Help Me Bring the Theology of the Body to South Africa!

In my travels around the world sharing Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, I am witnessing the growth of a genuine international movement. But with new forms of sexual chaos and gender confusion spreading like wildfire, the need to continue sharing the healing balm of the Theology of the Body is more urgent than ever.

The Cor Project has been invited by Church leaders in South Africa to bring Saint John Paul II’s liberating teachings to multiple cities in their country in early September! We’ll visit parishes, schools and seminaries in and around Johannesburg and Cape Town.

We have accepted the invitation, however their funds are extremely limited, and they have asked us to make up the difference. We have stepped out in faith that the Lord will provide for our needs through those who understand the importance of our mission. We have started a GoFundMe campaign with hopes of reaching our goal by Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption. 

I am also excited to announce that we can reach our goal twice as fast, as a Cor supporter has offered a match on the first $7,000 raised! 

Cor Project presentations are an inspired blend of live music, art and dynamic teaching that tap the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal. My team and I will introduce attendees to the healing balm of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of Body, making it relevant for every-body, regardless of his or her state in life. We’re scheduled to give seven presentations to audiences ranging from youth and young adults to laity, priests, religious, and seminarians.

The Cor Project’s mission is to spread the Theology of the Body across the globe, so this is an opportunity we don’t want to pass up. There are other similar opportunities we have had to decline due to financial limitations, so any donations beyond this goal will allow us to revisit those invitations. 

In return for helping us cover expenses to make this weeklong journey, I am offering some awesome rewards, including study series kits, the opportunity to have a one-on-one Skype session with me, a house concert by Mike Mangione and even the opportunity for me to present this life-changing teaching at your house for family and friends! 

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has already donated! Please spread the word about this campaign, and thank you for sharing in our mission to learn, live and share the Theology of the Body.

Click here to donate and bring the TOB to South Africa!

For such a time as this have we been given Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. By taking us beyond the alternatives of prudish repression and damaging indulgence, the Theology of the Body opens the path to the redemption of sexuality and the real healing of our wounds. Learn more by watching my short film, The Cry of the HeartWatch the trailer below.

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COR THOUGHTS 212: All of Creation Is Nuptial!


This Sunday’s readings beautifully demonstrate how spousal theology helps Scripture “pop.” Keep in mind that “land”/“earth” and “creation” in Scripture symbolize the “Bride” (Israel / Church). “Your land shall be espoused,” says Isaiah (62:4).  Now let’s look at these passages from Sunday’s readings: “Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down … making [the earth] fertile … so shall my word be”; The Lord has “prepared the land: drenching its furrows … blessing its yield”; “We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains … we also groan within ourselves as we wait for … the redemption of our bodies”; “Some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit…” Oh! Do you see the spousal mystery? Creation is “giving birth” (groaning in labor pains) because the Creator-Bridegroom has given his “immortal seed” (see 1 Pt 1:23) to his creation-bride. And all is fulfilled in Mary! She’s the good soil that received heaven’s seed, heaven’s rain, heaven’s Word. Mary is the apex of all created fertility! Every seed that falls in the ground and blossoms into life points to the Annunciation. Mary, teach us how to be good soil that remains ever open to God’s seed!