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There is a scene in the fine movie Becket where the newly ascended archbishop is made aware of how one of the barons has taken one of his priests into custody, the latter accused of debauching a girl in his parish. As the scene progresses, messengers arrive to inform Becket that the priest had tried to escape but was captured and put to death, when the law of the land was that ecclesial crimes...

Theology of the Body: Part 4: How To Be Naked

Thus far the understanding of man’s original experience ‘in the beginning’ has perhaps felt a little dry and disconnected, for we are usually not accustomed to think in such a fashion about what I would call the primordial solidarity that we all share by virtue of being human. And to be sure, thinking about man’s original experience in terms of original solitude and unity can feel too abstract...

Theology of the Body: Part 3

Man’s original solitude is a starting point for understanding the theology of the body, and JP II sees in it and the corresponding words of Genesis 2 (“it is not good that the man should be alone”) a sort of “prelude” to the creation of the woman and the ‘original unity’ of man as male and female. JP II contrasts the account in Genesis 1 with that of Genesis 2 in that man’s solitude is not...

Theology of the Body: Part 2

After looking at the somewhat paradoxical relationship between the two situations of historical man- that of original innocence and his subsequent fallen-ness- JP II drew out an even deeper link between the situation of fallen-ness and the mystery of redemption that is inherent to historical man in and of himself, both objectively as being created in the image of God and in his own subjectivity...

Theology of the Body: Part 1

John Paul II (JP II) launches into his Theology of the Body by means of Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees about the grounds for divorce. In this well known passage Jesus, instead of taking sides in an intra-religious squabble over competing rabbinic interpretations, rather looks further back than the law of Moses, to the very beginning of marriage itself in its primordial form apart from any...

Theology of the Body: Introduction

Books can have a profound influence on our lives, molding how we think and the ways in which we approach the world. As someone who enjoys reading, I could name dozens of such works, but one that always seems to rise to the top is John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, not only because of its great depth and insight, but also because, well, this late pope...

2012 Year in Review

Another year has come and gone, taking flight upon the winds of time to be seen no more. Even though 2011 was a fairly crazy experience, 2012 was even more exhilarating. The maelstrom of life pours its waves over one’s head, swirling in all of its beauty and rage, plunging the might-have-beens and wish-I-could-haves into the unfathomable depths of existence, drowned and bathed in its purity...

Lent, Life, and Learning to Love God

The following is a guest post by my wife Megan. This year, I approached the Lenten season very differently than I have in the past. For the last 6 months my husband has been in and out of the hospital from intense chemotherapy and the day-to-day grind and “restrictions list” we have had to cope with seems like a grueling mile long survival guide. When Ash Wednesday finally came about...

2 Year Anniversary

Today Megan and celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary, and I have to say that it has been the best two years of my life. Even though it’s been full of lots of challenges and struggles that we could never have seen coming, I wouldn’t change it for anything and would have made the same decision in a heartbeat. I made up this art piece based on a song I wrote for Megan a few weeks...

Oh, To Be Awake!

Oh, the pains to come awake; to part from the fancies of dreams, and the pleasures of rest; only to climb out of evening’s darkness. Oh, the burn of the sun and its rays, Only first light, so dim compared to midday, yet still too bright for tired eyes, How I wish to stay and not look into the sky. The wakers claim the day, they speak of the purpose of their toil, but I don’t want to...

2011 Year in Review

2011 is nearly gone, and I as think back over all that has transpired in the last 12 months, it feels like a whirlwind of so many things that it doesn’t even feel like it happened. So I thought I would take a few moments and look back over some of things that actually did happen, for no other reason than to do so. So I submit for your viewing and reading pleasure my 2011 Year in Review...

New Camera

So for the last year or so I took on a bunch of freelance projects for the specific purpose of saving up some money to get the Canon 5D Mark II. Over the past few months, because of all the things going on with me, that kind of got put on hold, but was also complicated by recent rumors floating around concerning the Mark II’s hypothetical successor, the as yet unannounced Mark III. In...

Raindeer

This year I decided to make Megan an early custom Christmas card, since right now every day seems to blend together and dates and times seem to not have as much veracity to the calendar as in the normal times of life.

Megan’s Photos

A couple weekends ago Megan and I headed out to Ironwoods Park to take some pictures. She loves photography about as much as I do, and she got some really compelling shots, so I thought I would share.
Enjoy!

Megan of the Corn

I am always on the lookout for photo opportunities, and I found one that was just too good to pass up. On my way to work are these fields of corn, and they probably grow to about six feet high. I’ve always wanted to do some pictures in a cornfield, but I’ve never really had the chance. Well, yesterday as I was driving home from work I noticed that there was already a swath cut through...

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