A woman should be able to drive a stick shift, fire a Springfield Arms XD accurately, do the family tax return, throw a football 20 yards, and barbecue steaks. However, when men are around, she should allow men to do things for her, even if she can do them better herself. Men should always be asked to do dangerous tasks (shoveling snow, killing spiders, etc.), and they should never be criticized about their performance in front of other people, only in private.
Happy Solemnity of St. Maximilian (for our institute the celebration is a solemnity) and of the Assumption. I am in Indiana and will begin a retreat for the members of our MIM this evening on the spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe, so please say a prayer for the retreatants and me.
While our work here is specifically directed at the members of our movement, the MIM itself is directed toward spreading unlimited consecration to Mary around the globe, so I encourage any and all to make or renew their consecration to Mary as they are inspired to do.
May the Immaculate bring all of you peace and give you all the spirit of Marian Chivalry.
I am off to Indiana early in the morning. I will try to get back to blogging when I can catch my breath. The encampment and then getting ready to go have kept me occupied. I will also have the video of my encampment talk back online in the morning. (Video Restored.) Meanwhile, enjoy the encampment Tug of War:
I based the following talk, given to the boys on Saturday at the encampment, on an article St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote in November of 1924. The title of his article, at least in the Italian translation is “Our Tactics.” I don’t have a Polish copy so I cannot be sure if it is accurately translated into Italian. I only mention this, because if one takes into account the military distinction between strategy and tactics, which I explain in the talk, what St. Maximilian is speaking of seems more like strategy than tactics. A minor point. In any case, here is my translation of his article.
Update: Missing Video Video Restored
I won’t try to explain the technical difficulties, but the video was inadvertently deleted from our account on gloria.tv and is currently inaccessible from our computers. I will get it back up just as soon as I can.
The following list provides links to all the posts that I have written either here or on Dawn Patrol about the Theology of the Body. I will update the list if I have missed any, or if, God forbid, I add others.
Update:Missed posts added to compendium (dates in red text).
Further Update: Added posts (dates in green text).
“Hope of the World” (November 11, 2008): The first reference I made to the “new chastity movement” on this blog shortly after the national election in the context of our lack of will to elect a pro-life president in the United States.
“Thinking Like a Man” (April, 16, 2009): Why it is necessary for men to fight the good fight of chastity, rather than hope to be delivered from temptation by a new and holy fascination with the body, as is suggested in West’s presentation.
“To Chris West: Enough Already. How about a Response?” (June 24, 2009): A critique of the methodology by which critics of West are dealt with by implying prudery or animus as a motivation for the disagreement, or that disagreement with West constitutes disagreement with John Paul II.
“St. Agustine and the Theology of the Body” (June 27, 2009): Comments on and several quotations from Msgr. Cormac Burke’s defense of St. Augustine’s views on marriage. Another critique of seeing prudery where it isn’t.
“Martyrs, Mystics and Rhetoricians” (July 31, 2009): A response to Father Thomas Loya’s defense of Christopher West, with a focus on the hermeneutic of discontinuity manifested by the new “holy fascination” with the body advocated by Christopher West and his followers.
Shame on You. Amen. (September 1, 2009): Thoughts inspired by a discussion on The Linde regarding the nature of shame and its relation to modesty, with an emphasis on the cultivation of prudence in the face of the American TOB crusade against prudery.
In Defense of Purity (September 20, 2009): Introductory post to my commentary on Dietrich von Hildebrand’s work In Defense of Purity, proposed as a sure way of coming to understand the true meaning of the Theology of the Body.
In Defense of Purity I (September 29, 2009): Commentary on the first chapter of von Hildebrand’s book, focusing on the meaning of shame, particularly in its positive aspect, and distinguished from that shame which seeks to protect the person from use, with a particular reference to its correlation in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
A Response to Christopher West (October 30, 2009): My reply to the response to Christopher West, in which he finally breaks his silence regarding the controversy surrounding his presentation of the Theology of the Body.
Theology of the Tango? (November 1, 2009): An example of the American version of Theology of the Body gone off the rails.
Christopher West: Sexualizing Christianity (February 8, 2010): A commentary on a 2001/2002 between Dr. Mark Lowery and Christopher West, indicating that the recent objections to West are nothing new, and have gone unanswered for years.
Sexing Up Canon Law (February 12, 2010): A response to a commenter’s objection to my previous post on the sexualization of Christianity by Christopher West. Specifically, I focus on the meaning of the canons governing the dissolution of a ratified but non-consummated marriage and what that means in terms of when sacramental grace is conferred in marriage.
Christopher West Takes Sabbatical (April 13, 2010): The announcement from TOB Institute that Christopher West is taking time off to “reflect more deeply on fraternal and spiritual guidance he has received in order to continue developing his methodology and praxis as it relates to the promulgation of the Theology of the Body.”
Dawn Eden’s Thesis and Defense (June 15, 2010): Announcement of Dawn Eden’s re-publication of her master’s thesis on Christopher West’s work as an ebook, and the text of the defense of her thesis. Links provided.
That for Which We Fight (July 2, 2010): A commentary on two opposing views of feminism with a special reference to Theology of the Body and a recommendation for a balanced approach.
The Way of Ugliness (November 6, 2010): A critique of an aspect of Christopher West’s multi-media event, “Fill These Hearts,” specifically his use of an anti-Catholic movie to illustrate his point that the Church has been filled with prudery prior to the Theology of the Body.
Alternate States of Unreality (February 9, 2011): A reflection on Christian Occultism and its similarities with the current attempt at popularizing the Theology of the Body in the United States.