Christopher West

If we want to know what’s most sacred in this world, all we need to do is look for what is most violently profaned.

Christopher West, Theology of the Body for Beginners

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In the sacraments, spirit and matter “kiss.” Heaven and earth embrace in a union that will never end.

Christopher West, Theology of the Body for Beginners

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The Church’s basic moral principle regarding reproductive technologies is this: if a given technology assists the marital embrace in achieving its natural end, it can be morally acceptable, even praiseworthy. However, if it replaces the marital embrace as the means by which the child is conceived, it’s not in keeping with God’s design.

Christopher West

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The idea that ‘preaching the Gospel’ has nothing to do with sex and that ‘preaching about sex’ has nothing to do with the Gospel betrays layers and layers of seriously misguided thinking. When we divorce God’s love from sexual love, as Pope Benedict says, ‘the essence of Christianity’ becomes ‘decisively cut off from the complex fabric of human life.’ (God is Love 7). The ‘gospel’ then becomes cold, aloof, inhuman. In other words, we’re no longer preaching the real Gospel.

Christopher West

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Holiness is not first a matter of doing anything. It is first and foremost a matter of letting it be done. Holiness is to conceive the love of God within and to bring it forth to the world.

Christopher West

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Grace flows through wounds.

Christopher West

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Marital love is a reflection of how God loves. It is free, total, faithful and fruitful.

Christopher West

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Marriage is the most basic expression of the vocation to love that all men and women have as persons made in God’s image.

Christopher West

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Marriage is a living sign that truly communicates the love of Christ and the Church.

Christopher West

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The free exchange of consent properly witnessed by the Church establishes the marriage bond. Sexual union consummates it – seals it, completes it, perfects it. Sexual union, then, is where the words of the wedding vows become flesh.

Christopher West

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