CWR: How can the TOB lead people to have a healthy view of human sexuality?
Settle: The goal of the TOB is to lead people to a deeper intimacy and relationship with Jesus Christ. It helps us to re-order our sexuality to the true, the good, and the beautiful.
We’ve had our best-ever response, with more than 800 registered.
There is still room for people who decide last minute; they can register online or on-site. Why should unmarried people have an interest in TOB? It helps single persons, such as myself, answer the question: what does it mean to offer the gift of self?
We provide a lot of information for people’s heads, but we want it to travel to their hearts. CWR: One of your special guest speakers is Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone. He is taking the place of Archbishop José Gomez, who was called to the Vatican.
Archbishop Cordileone will talk about the synods, the first of which he participated in. In 2009, Alice von Hildebrand said Christopher West has become “much too self-assured and has lost sight of the extreme sensitivity of the topic.” She spoke of the “tremendous dangers” of concupiscence. Settle: With all theology, everyone comes at it from a different perspective and experience.But the TOB teaches me that my identity comes from being a daughter of God.Hence, I am becoming a consecrated virgin, living in the world for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.They can come for just one day, or the whole congress. Settle: There is the idea out there that the TOB is just for married people or priests and religious who work with married people. In my talk, I plan to offer the witness of my own life and discerning my own vocation.When a person is single, family and friends can pressure you to get married, become a priest or religious or simply to discover what your vocation is.My vocation is to be a bride of Christ, but living in the world.My vocation will be promoting the TOB, as well as intercessory prayer and spiritual motherhood for priests.Settle: I’ve been with the institute for eight years.During that time, I’ve seen priestly vocations renewed, marriages in distress saved, and people who have been able to overcome sexual addiction. CWR: How did you select your speakers and topics for the congress?I will take vows before Archbishop Chaput on February 2.I don’t believe I’m called to live in a religious community; I believe I’m called to live in the world.