Christopher West, the internationally-renowned Catholic author, speaker, and president of the Theology of the Body Institute, gave an engaging, insightful, and emotional presentation to a packed St. Mary Mokena on Wednesday, May 22.
West, whose work has appeared on ABC News, Fox News, and The New York Times, mixed speech, video, theatrics and music in his “Made for More: Visions of the Promised Land” presentation. Folk musician Mike Mangione played guitar and sang spiritual songs to accompany West’s storytelling.
The night was centered on Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which teaches that the human body is a sign of an invisible, spiritual and divine mystery. Human beings are made, says West, to participate in the eternal ecstasy and bliss of God forever.
“The goal of the whole Christian life, the source and summit of it all, is the wedding feast of the Eucharist,” said West, who explained that the world offers false satisfaction for the hunger for “something” more that all humans feel. No temporary, earthly pleasure will ever truly satisfy us because we were made to be joined with God, body and soul, forever.
“Christopher West explained, in a very engaging way, Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body with stories and theological truths about how we and our bodies are made for more and how God answers our deepest desires to love and be loved,” said Father Dindo Billote, pastor of St. Mary Mokena. “Thank you to all our volunteers and staff members at St. Mary parish who helped make this event a success! God is good.”
The event was co-hosted by St. Mary Mokena, St. Anthony Parish in Frankfort and St. Liborius Parish in Steger.
For more information about Christopher West’s mission, visit https://corproject.com/.