Christopher West’s Bedtime Prayer for Children

Chuck Neff from Relevant Radio has posted Theology of the Body Evangelist Christopher West’s bedtime prayer for children. He and his wife say this with their own children each night:

Christopher West’s Theology of the Body

Bedtime Prayers for Children

 

Thank You Jesus for making Mommy to be a woman.  Thank You for making Daddy to be a man.  Thank You for bringing Mommy and Daddy into the Sacrament of Marriage.

 

Thank You for bringing (insert name(s) of children here) into the world through Mommy and Daddy’s love.

 

Help our boys grow into strong men ready to give away their bodies in love.  Help our girls grow into strong women ready to give away their bodies in love.

 

If they are called into the Sacrament of Marriage, please prepare them for their future spouse.  If they are called to give themselves entirely to Jesus and the Church as a priest or religious, please prepare their hearts for that.  Amen +++

Fireproof The Movie – Trailer and Cast Interview

“For many years of my life – for several hours a day – I looked at naked people – mostly women..”

Michelangelo had it right!
I ran across an interesting podcast recently by Fr. Thomas Loya on  www.CatholicRadioInternational.com.  Go to: http://www.catholicradiointernational.com/abodyoftruth.php and scroll down to the 7/21 episode “At  Her Breast”. 
Fr. Loya is a Byzantine Catholic priest who is pastor of a church in Homer Glen, IL just south of us. He studied in Rome in the early 80’s and was in the audience when JP2 presented his “Theology of The Body” talks at his regular Wednesday audiences in those years. He was also in the crowd in St. Peter’s Square on the day that JP2 was shot!  Fr. Tom has talked of this event – he was literally standing on the spot where John Paul was shot minutes before. He felt an uneasiness and moved away – only to watch the events from not far away.
In this podcast Fr. Loya starts out by stating: “For many years of my life – for several hours a day – I looked at naked people – mostly women..” 
He was of course an art student!  He painted the icons and images at his church in Homer Glen (www.byzantinecatholic.com)
The podcast discusses a new book released by Vatican (only in Italian now) about efforts to restore great artwork that shows the Virgin Mary nursing Christ.  He talks about the “hyper-sexual” images in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and notes that Renaisance artists really were the last ones to show “true” Catholicism in their artwork.
Fr. Tom notes that the prudishness often associated with Catholicism was actually an aboration introduced by Protestant reformers like Luther and Calvin. The Sistine Chapel images even use the naked human form as background decoration where others might use patterns or other images. These images were designed to be inside Churches. It would be hard to imagine them in a Church today.
He also notes that JP2 gave very clear instructions to the artists restoring the images to remove any loincloths or fig leaves not put there by Michaelangelo!  The Pope says mass under these images and new Popes are elected in this room.
At the end of the podcast Fr. Tom presents an interesting recommendation to combat our porn-adicted culture – allow women to breastfeed their babies without covering up – just like the artwork!

Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving

Greg Popcak discussed his Theology of the Body book on Al Kresta’s show recently. It’s been called “Dr. Ruth meets Thomas Aquinas!” More

Fr. Thomas Loya’s World Domination Tour!

Fr. Thomas Loya’s new program “A Body of Truth” on Catholic Radio International is dedicated to world domination – by John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body!”  Fr. Loya shows us all how to view the world through Liturgical and Theology of the Body Glasses. 

“A Body of Truth” – Fr. Thomas Loya now on Catholic Radio International

Fr. Thomas Loya’s new program “A Body of Truth” can be heard on Catholic Radio International.

“Our bodies hold the answers to all of life’s questions.  Decoding these answers is at the heart of John Paul II’s Theology Of The Body.  More than a commentary on human sexuality the Theology Of The Body is a delivery system for the sacramental-liturgical world view.  With the Theology Of The Body as our starting point this program, A Body Of Truth, will reach deep into the sum total of the Church’s wisdom, the Scriptures, the human experience and irrefutable science to put together a vision of the human person; “an adequate anthropology” as the late Pope John Paul II himself called it.  Welcome to A Body Of Truth.”

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