The Theology of the Body is a topic that should be explored, reviewed, revisited, and constantly pondered at deeper and deeper levels.  It is very simple at its core but applying it in all the nooks and crannies of our lives takes a lifetime of prayer and profound conversion.
This list can help get you started on the intellectual end of the “head and heart immersion” that will be necessary; it is by no means exhaustive – it is rather an open door to explore Theology of the Body-informed resources and let God take it from there.

Tools, Talking Points, & Handouts:

from presentations on the Theology of the Body by Jen Messing

101 Ways to Build Up Real Love & Show Affection

Order your copies by clicking on link above or call One More Soul: 800-307-7685

Jen's 101 ways brochure
Jen’s brochure, 101 Ways to Build Up Real Love & Show Affection, uses fairly universal language so that it can be used with anyone from high school students to young adults to NFP-practicing couples.
It includes sections describing stages of dating, the vows taken in marriage, and the definitions of real love vs. lust. The center contains over 100 ideas for spending time with the person you love.

Theology of the body bookmark coming soon!

The importance of our body-soul personhood is traceable through the entirety of Salvation History; the Theology of the Body is not a separate topic but is rather woven into every aspect of our faith as Catholic Christians. This bookmark is a quick-reference tool to remember the connections between elements of our personhood, the definition of real love, and the dramatic story that we are each a part of. Pray for the anticipated printing in Spring of 2018.

Ponder & Examen:
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Main concepts found within the Theology of the Body, a short examination of understanding, and CCC references for hard moral issues.

TOB Building Blocks:
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Putting Theology of the Body concepts into sentences, addressing both Christians and non-Christians. Helps start the process of integrating TOB into everyday situations and work.

NFP Basics:
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One sheet of definitions, how it works, and summaries of major Natural Family Planning systems available.

Reading List

Original Text

  • Man & Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body , St. John Paul ll’s 129+ audiences, translated by Michael Waldstein.

COmpanion Texts

  • Theology of the Body Explained (parallels the TOB audiences) or
  • Theology of the Body for Beginners (summary), by Christopher West
  • Men & Women Are From Eden, by Mary Healy
  • Theology of the Body Simplified, Rev. Anthony Percy
  • Fill These Hearts, TOB made accessible to the secular world by Christopher West

Original Text

  • Love &. Responsibility, by Karol Woytyla (St.John Paul II), translated by Grzegorz Ignatik.

Companion Texts

  • Men, Women, & the Mystery of Love, by Edward Sri
  • Theology of the Body in Context, by William May

GOOD BOOKS on TOUGH ISSUES

  • Good News About Sex & Marriage, big questions & TOB answers by Christopher West
  • Women, Sex, & the Church, multiple contributors
  • Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World, by Fr. Tom Morrow
  • Holy Sex!, by Greg Popcak
  • Parenting with Grace: the Catholic Parents’ Guide to Raising (almost) Perfect Kids (2nd Edition), by Greg & Lisa Popcak
  • Beyond the Birds &. the Bees, by Greg & Lisa Popcak

Speakers & Educators

TOB-focused MATERIALS can be found at: AscensionPress.com | TheologyoftheBody.net | Pauline.org | OneMoreSoul.com

  • • TOBinstitute.org (PA)
  • • CORproject.com (Christopher West, PA)
  • • JanetESmith.com (MI)
  • • ChastityProject.com (Jason Evert, etc.)
  • • TaborLife.org (Fr. Thomas Loya, IL)
  • • DumbOxMinistries.com/initiatives (Brian Butler, LA)
  • • TOBET.org (Monica Ashour, TX)
  • • KatrinaZeno.com (AZ)
  • • FamilyHonor.org (SC)
  • • Vicky Thorn, The Biology of the Theology of the Body (WI)
  • • RuahWoods.org (OH)

Spanish Presenters

  • • Evan Lemoine: AmaralMaximo.com (Mexico)
  • • Jake Samour: CatholicDioceseolWichita.org (KS)
  • • Patrick Reidy: TheologyoftheBody.net (CA)
  • • Dr. Carlos Gomez, bilingual psychologist: HumanFormation.com (FL)

retreats

  • • TOBinstitute.org (PA): Head & Heart Immersion courses are fully classroom/fully retreat experiences.
  • • DumbOxMinistries.com/initiatives (LA): Brian Butler & crew lead ECHO camps that teach young adults about TOB so they can pass it on to the high school participants.
  • • TOBET.org (TX): Monica Ashour certifies speakers and trains high school students to teach TOB to their peers.
  • • FamilyHonor.org (SC): SPICE (whole person) parent-child programs help teach parents how to talk to their children about real love, body changes and fertility appreciation.
  • • RoseSweet.com/retreats (CA): retreats for the separated and divorced.
  • • RachelsVineyard.org (International): retreats to heal from abortion.
  • • PacemlnTerris.org: retreat center with private hermitages in MN where one can simply BE with the Lord.
  • • CatholicRetreats.net: website summarizing Catholic retreat centers around the U.S.

Programs + curriculuum

  • • RuahWoodsPress.com: K-12 Theology of the Body curriculum
  • • lmage of God K-12 Textbook Series, 2nd Edition: Ignatius.com
  • • PurelyYou.org: teaches parents how to talk to children about body changes+ sexuality with TOB language.
  • • TOBET.org/shop : The Body Matters Books (TOB for Tots & Kids), Marriage Prep, etc.
  • • FamilyHonor.org: SPICE program + comprehensive online course on how to teach youth about sexuality (human development, history of sex education, Theology of the Body, etc.)
  • • SexRespect.com : Catholic concepts within a public school abstinence program (also Respect4u.com : parent-child program)
  • • TOB4Teens.com: Middle School+ High School editions (8 -12 part video & workbook sets)
  • • GetFullyEngaged.com : Marriage prep inventory that also catechizes, by Jim & Maureen Otremba
  • • Living a Joy Filled Marriage: excellent 6 part series to think through the real meaning of love and Marriage + Life Skills MAP/workbook option (AscensionPress.com – one version is by Christopher West & one is by Damon Owens)
  • • The Gift Series: gain the whole picture by working through the 8 & 16 part series by Christopher West (AscensionPress.com)
  • • EndowGroups.org: study groups for women on true femininity /the “feminine genius”
  • • TOBinstitute.org: Theology of the Body certification program (each 5-day course is also fully a retreat)

SERVICES

Counseling / Therapy

  • • CatholicTherapists.com
  • • CatholicCounselors.com (Dr. Greg Popcak, etc.)
  • • JPiiHealingCenter.org/our-services (Dr. Bob Schuchts, FL)
  • • DocPeter.com (Dr. Peter Damgaard-Hansen, Denmark/MN)
  • • SaintMichael.net (Dr. Phil Mango, mental health, NY)
  • • ConradBaars.com (Suzanne Baars, TX)
  • • CatholicPsych.com (Dr. Gregory Bottaro, NY /CT)
  • • lmagoDeiCounseling.com (Dan Spadaro, CO)
  • • Intuitus-Group.com (Christopher Sperling, Christopher Lafitte, TX)

Divorce / Annulment

  • CatholicsDivorce.com (Rose Sweet, CA)

Same-Sex Attraction

  • CourageRC.net (and EnCourage for their families)

Porn & Related Habits

  • • TheAlexanderHouse.org (porn within marriage)
  • • ReclaimSexualHealth.com } incorporate brain science
  • • FortifyProgram.org } & faith into breaking habits

National Catholic Bioethics Center

  • NCBCenter.org – defends human dignity in health care & life sciences

Fertility Care / NFP (Natural Family Planning)

  • • OneMoreSoul.com – ‘NFP-only’ Doctor directory
  • • PopePaulvi.com (NE) – they treat infertility issues & study medical alternatives to using contraceptives as medicine (there are NO conditions that need turn to chemical contraceptives for treatment).
  • • FertilityCare.org – Creighton Model, NaPro Technology (mucus/ ovulation method)
  • • Billings.life – Billings Ovulation Method (mucus)
  • • FamilyPlanning.net – Family of the Americas (mucus)
  • • CCLl.org – Couple to Couple League (sympto-thermal)
  • • SymptoPro.org – NW Family Services (sympto-thermal)
  • • NFP.Marquette.edu – the Marquette Model (sympto-thermal + hormonal fertility monitoring)

PRO-WOMAN / PREGNANCY CARE

  • • theGuidingStarProject.org: the vision of collecting natural, TOB-based women’s services under one roof!
  • • AALFAclinic.org : model pro-life/NFP-only health care clinic in White Bear Lake, MN
  • • TLCoptions.org : pregnancy resource center network (37 locations in MN & WI) that incorporates TOB into their staff/volunteer training & will not advocate for contraceptive use.
  • • CradleOfHope.org :· financial assistance for pregnant
  • women & mothers with infants less than 3 months old.
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