Feast of St Macarius the Great of Egypt
167. To vigorous men intimacy is a matter of shame—and something precious.
168. Christianity gave Eros poison to drink; he did not die of it, certainly, but degenerated to Vice. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
CHRISTIAN mysticism is dependent upon some familiarity with eros, defined by Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est as “that love between man and woman which...
2019 Symposium Abstract 9: Alicia Bradford - "Communion of Love: The Spousal Vocation of Man & Woman in Light of the Trinitarian Nature of God"
Feast of the Holy Martyr Polyeuctos
John Paul II says that “man and woman, created as a ‘unity of the two’ in their common humanity, are called to live in a communion of love, and in this way mirror in the world the communion of love that is in God....” In his Catechesis on Human Love he speaks of the hermeneutics of the gift as being “at the heart...
2019 Symposium Abstract 8: Adam Cooper - "When Lovemaking Becomes Liturgy: John Paul II's Reflections on Song of Songs and Tobit"
Feast of the Venerable St Dominica the Righteous
Pope St. John Paul II’s mammoth Theology of the Body is best understood as a big bible study on Christ and bodily human redemption. In his catecheses on the biblical books of Song of Songs and Tobit, the great pope reflects on the interplay between eros and agape in marriage - their characteristic elements, their proper beauty and form, their tension and resolution - and shows above...