224. Should Teresa of Avila’s Spirituality Be Held Out as a Model for All?

Rome, Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria of Ecstasy of St Theresa, by Bernini Gian Lorenzo, 1644-1652, 17th Century, marble.

 

Teresa of Avila — next to Mary the Mother of God, she may be the most famous mystic bride in Church history. When Jesus praised the wise virgins (see Mt 25:1-13), through his divine foreknowledge, he must have had Teresa of Avila in mind (after his Mother) as someone at the top of the list.

Since Teresa’s feast day falls on a Sunday this year (Oct. 15), she won’t be getting the attention she deserves. So I thought I’d say just a little bit about her.

Q&A: “Is Procreation God’s Primary Intent for the Marital Union?”

Each month, I hold a live Question & Answer chat with Cor Members on our private Membership Facebook group. It’s one of the many perks of being a member (you get a huge amount of resources at your fingertips for just $10/month). The topics are wide-ranging and often deal with real-life challenges of learning, living and sharing St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB). Here is a sample from a recent Q&A. I hope you find these discussions helpful.

Q&A: Albacete and Mother Teresa, Setting Intimacy Boundaries in a Relationship, Lust vs. Sexual Desire, and the Altar as Marriage Bed

Each month, I hold a live Question & Answer chat with Cor Members on our private Facebook group. It’s one of the many perks of being a member. The topics are wide-ranging and often deal with real-life challenges of learning, living and sharing St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB). I hope you find these discussions helpful.

223. A Compassionate, Christian Reflection on the Death of Hugh Hefner

The headlines of the secular media announcing Hugh Hefner’s death are hailing him as a pioneer of free speech and sexual liberation. What should Christians think of the passing of one of the pioneers of the pornographic revolution?

As a teacher and promoter of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, I have written and commented frequently on Hefner’s life. Why? Because to understand the mind of Hugh Hefner is, in a way, to understand the mind of our culture. Hugh Hefner was one of the most successful “evangelists” of the modern era. His “gospel” has gone out across the globe and has had an enormous impact on the way we think about ourselves and the world. And those who call themselves Christians have been far from immune from this false gospel. I would venture to say that if the average believer in the western world spilled the contents of his or her mind on a table, thoughts and ideas about the body and sex would look a lot more like the vision Hugh Hefner promoted then, say, the “great mystery” of sexual love unfolded by John Paul II.

Q&A: Mid-Life Marriage Romance Struggles and When the Other Person Won’t Recognize Their Brokenness

Each month, I hold a live Question & Answer chat with Cor Members on our private Facebook group. It’s one of the many perks of being a member. The topics are wide-ranging and often deal with real-life challenges of learning, living and sharing St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB). I hope you find these discussions helpful.