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Sex and the Sacred City


Dear Friends,

I am very happy to write a foreword to Steve Kellmeyer's book entitled Sex and the Sacred City. I have been grateful to have gotten to know Steve and become familiar with his works since my arrival in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

When I was a graduate student in Rome from 1981-1985, a student in Canon Law at the Angelicum while residing at the Casa Santa Maria of the North American College, Pope John Paul II was in the midst of his catechetical series at the Wednesday audiences on the "nuptial meaning of the body." I heard a number of these myself. Little did any of us back then realize the impact that these would have in the future, and continue to have today on Faith formation, moral theology and the formation of virtue in the life of those who are disciples of the Lord.

I very much appreciate the easy reading format of his book - meditations followed by questions for reflections. His nine chapters treat not only some of the major concerns today about authentic discipleship and virtue, but situate these concerns of Christian life in the life of the Holy Trinity, Creation and the Fall and the Incarnation. The section on the Sacraments clearly teaches of the "nuptial meaning of the body" when it opens with the words of Pope John Paul II who teaches that "The Eucharist is the Sacrament of our Redemption. It is the Sacrament of the Bridegroom and the Bride... Christ is united with this 'body' as the bridegroom is with the bride..."

I thank Steve for this understandable and easy to read presentation of the "Theology of the Body". I pray and hope that it will be a source not only of theological formation for those who read it, but even more so, an occasion for foramtion in a life of virtue and holiness for all who seek to be authentic disciples of the Lord in this new millennium.

Fort Worth, Texas

January 9, 2007

Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann J.C.D., D.D.

Bishop of Fort Worth, Texas


Dear Reader, I don't know who you are, what you believe, or what you love, but if you are like all the students who have read Sex and the Sacred City for my courses, I guarantee you one thing: you will find it arresting, personally challenging, and quite possibly life-changing. This is "the big picture" of the meaning of human sexuality - in fact, the biggest and most beautiful picture you have ever seen.

- Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College


Why does human sexuality seem to be so central to so many of today's issues?

 Worse, why is it so badly understood and badly handled by so many?  

How are we meant to handle issues like purity before marriage, purity in marriage, family planning and the proper use of our sexuality?

This book answers those questions and many more. Chapters are devoted to:

  • How to live a chaste, pure life as a single person,
  • How our bodies help us reflect the life of God,
  • How our created family is meant to image the one God, the divine family of spiritual Persons,
  • How birth control fits into adult life and how it should be approached,
  • What all of this means for us right now.

Informative, concise, practical: this is a book you can actually use right now. Whether married or single, the incredible insights into marriage, sex and single life will orient you to face the joyful reality.

In less than 100 pages, every adult gets a basic understanding of the amazing synthesis of thought known as the Theology of the Body. As you read, you will make amazing discoveries, discoveries that will help you live a life of joy.



About the Author

Steve Kellmeyer has an MA Catholic Theology, Franciscan University. He has served as:
  • an advisor to Nebraska Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Pro-Life Conference under Greg Schleppenbach and as a consultant for both Apostolate for Family Consecration and for and for Catholics United for the Faith,
  • RCIA parish director in both Nebraska and Texas, 
  • co-host on the popular SoundBites radio program for Guadalupe Radio Network in Dallas,
  • Associate Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Peoria
  • Adjunct Professor teaching Funeral Service History at Dallas Institute of Funeral Services and Mid-America College
  • Adjunct Professor teaching World Religions for Dallas County Community College, Argosy University and Art Institute of Dallas.
His works have been endorsed by Al Kresta, Mark Shea, Patrick Madrid, Marcus Grodi, Fr. Peter Stravinskas, Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Peter Kreeft, and Bishop Kevin Vann.

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What Others Have Been Saying

"Beautifully written. A clear exposition of Catholic teaching in language intelligible to all readers. Before attempting to understand the meaning of human sexuality, one needs to study Church teaching concerning the Holy Trinity, the Creation, the Fall, the Incarnation, the Sacraments, Married Life, Celibacy, and Family Life. It is a down-to-earth study of John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Highly recommended for catechetical teachers." God bless you for your wonderful work!

- Father John Harvey, OSFS, Director of Courage

Surely it is not without significance that the pope who gave us the ground breaking "Theology of the Body" over 129 general audiences visited 129 countries in his pontificate. This teaching is truly a message of hope and redemption for a despairing, fractured world. Steve Kellmeyer provides unprecedented access to this life-giving vision of human relationships imaging the mind-blowing love of the Blessed Trinity and the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ. Take a deep breath and see the gift of creation in a new and exciting way.

- Edmund Adamus. Director for Pastoral Affairs, Westminster Diocese, England

"In just a hundred pages Steve Kellmeyer distills the rich and complex "Theology of the Body." Sex and the Sacred City is a masterpiece of clarity. It's size, stylistic grace as well as it's logic should guarantee this book wide readership. Rarely is such a dense topic so delightfully explained and for adults as well as adolescents at that!"

- Al Kresta, Host, "Kresta in the Afternoon", President-CEO Ave Maria Radio, author, "Why Do Catholics Genuflect and Answers to Other Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church", father of five, husband of 27 years, veteran broadcaster

You sent me a copy of your book, Sex and the Sacred City, a while back through Peter Martin. I just wanted to say THANK YOU and I LOVE IT! I have been using it with some patients and have been promoting it in my speaking. You did a great job making the Theology of the Body applicable to everyday life. What a gift you are to the Church. May God bless you.

- Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D., Institute for Psychological Sciences

I would like to say congratulations on a well-written and succinct book explaining Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body in practical terms. I like the study guide approach, as well.

- Nancy Brown, book reviewer

First of all, I wanted to say thanks for the preview of "Sex and the Sacred City." I liked it so much that we're making it one of the textbooks for our Vocations class next year. What a concise, powerful reflection on Theology of the Body.

-Kevin Kiefer, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

It is awesome. Perfect for high school and college students, perfect for pre-Cana classes (it is all anyone would need for Pre-Cana except good luck and a good choice).

- Roxanne Shento, book reviewer

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