August 29, 2007


Here we are at a Mennonite retreat house in Amish country, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for a five-day Theology of the Body seminar with Christopher West. There are about 15 priests, 2 nuns, and 60 laypeople: couples, young, old, married, single.
The schedule is very intense as we are trying to squish a semester of teaching into the week! (30 hrs of teaching!)
The lectures are all before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in the conference room with us, daily Mass, opportunity for confession, morning and night prayer, adoration, etc.
Meeting great folks from all over (including India and Ireland) with incredible personal stories, conversions, reasons for being here. Making lots of new friends! Fr. Loya--Byzantine "TOB priest"--from outside Chicago is one of our chaplains.
I feel so privileged to be here, learning from "the best"! We pray to JPII before each class: "John Paul II, apostle of the human person, witness to hope and servant of Jesus and Mary, intercede for us."
TOB quote for the day: "Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible to himself; his life is senseless if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it." --Pope John Paul II
My mother asked me "What is TOB? Town of Belmont?" (my hometown)

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