Join Christopher West on an epic journey through Ireland!

TOB Immersion Pilgrimage from Dublin to Galway July 5-14, 2017

Join Christopher West for the ultimate Theology of the Body immersion into the Emerald Isle!

Christopher West is leading a once-in-a-lifetime, unique Theology of the Body Pilgrimage immersion into Ireland July 5-14! Join him and an intimate group of pilgrims on their journey from Dublin to Galway. Along the way, we will get incredible daily TOB formation and the opportunity to learn from and encourage our TOB-passionate brothers and sisters in Ireland. We’ll dive into the deep, rich Christian history of the country, plus have the chance to relax and enjoy the great culture of pubs, food and music. Irish stew and Guinness, amazing castles, spectacular countryside … even busking one night on Grafton Street in downtown Dublin (yes, we have a permit!). It’s going to be an epic journey!

Christopher will be joined throughout by Father David Marsden, SCJ (chaplain and TOB Institute attendee), Jason Clark (worship leader and Cor Project co-founder) and nationally touring musician and Time & The Mystery podcast host Mike Mangione.

Join us to help till the soil and water seeds of the Theology of the Body in Ireland in advance of the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin! Seats are very limited. For complete details and to register, click here!

COR THOUGHTS 192: Learn from the Way the Wild Flowers Grow​​​​​​​

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Have you ever had a seemingly insignificant line from the Gospels “pop”? In this Sunday’s Gospel, in the midst of teaching us to trust our Heavenly Father, Jesus says, “Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.” What mystery might he be inviting us into here? Why are we so attracted to flowers? Why do we love to see them, smell them, and display them everywhere, especially in our homes and our churches? Why does a bride carry them down a petal-strewn aisle on the way to meet her bridegroom? We may answer – because they’re beautiful, of course. Yes, they are. But why are flowers so beautiful? What is a flower? To put it plainly, a flower is one of nature’s most beautiful reproductive organs, opened before the loving heat of the sun, so that, to quote the Song of Songs, its fragrance might be “wafted abroad” (Song 4:16). And that luscious fragrance is “wafted abroad” for one purpose: to attract “lovers” (pollinators). This is how “the wild flowers grow.” What can we learn about trusting God from wildflowers? “Listen to me, my faithful children, open your petals, like roses…” we read in Sirach 39:13. Mary is the “mystical rose” because she is the flower who opens before the Love and Providence of God. May Mary, the most wild flower of all, teach us how to open and to trust…

TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Miles Nielsen: Songwriter & Rocker Supreme

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

Most assume the musician touring lifestyle is a dream … even glamorous at times. What people often don’t realize is the tremendous amount of sacrifice it requires, and even more so if the artist has a family. Miles Nielsen knows this sacrifice all too well both as a father and as the son of Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. Join Mike and Miles as they discuss this lifestyle, why they do it and how to make the most of it in this episode of Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Miles Nielsen.

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198. How to Find Sacred Moments in Secular Movies

Mia (Emma Stone) gives a powerful audition in La La Land. (Summit Entertainment)

Mia (Emma Stone) gives a powerful audition in La La Land. (Summit Entertainment)

Everyone familiar with my courses, lectures, books, and blog posts knows that I’m a movie enthusiast. Next to music, they’re my favorite art form. There is just no more powerful way to tell a story, it seems to me, than through the visual medium of a well-crafted, artfully produced film.

We are wired for stories. We need them, in fact, to understand who we are, where we come from, and where we’re headed. And this is why even secular movies can become the occasion of a sacred experience. As Saint John Paul II wrote, “Even beyond its typically religious expressions, true art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience.”

197. Are You Guilty of Misreading the Bible in a Heretical Way When it Comes to the Relationship of Flesh and Spirit?

I just received an email from someone in a quandary about Saint Paul saying we should “live by the Spirit” and “not by the flesh.” She, like many, seemed to think Saint Paul himself divorces flesh and spirit, saying the former is bad and the latter good. She asked specifically how to explain Catholic teaching on the relationship of spirit and flesh to non-Catholics who only believe in the Bible. I sent her the following excerpt from my forthcoming book written specifically for Protestants.