Theology of the Body Certification
In the picture above: That's me....holding a picture of the amazing St. Theresa of Avila; standing next to Christopher West, Theology of the Body extraordinaire and President of the Theology of the Body Institute.
For those that don't know me I'm Michelle and I'm on the path to becoming certified to teach the Catholic Church's teaching on sex and marriage, better known as the Theology of the Body. I began taking classes at the TOB Institute in June of 2015 and I'm just weeks away from taking my 6th (out of 8) courses to complete this certification. The certification is not mandatory but this is something I feel called to obtain. Ever since I first read Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West, I knew my life was just completely changed and transformed (for the better!) Needless to say, it's been quite the journey.
I think we can all agree that our world is in desperate need of a proper understanding of sex and marriage and babies and relationships. This is especially evident with the recent clergy abuse crisis going on right now. Through much prayer and discernment, I feel called to do whatever I can to help. And for me, that means public speaking.
This is where my GoFundMe page comes in: I'm not good at asking for money. But you know what I am good at? Talking. God gave me the gift of gab and I have been trying to use it to do my best to give anyone with ears to hear, but especially the "young" people of our generation, an introduction to TOB. I can do this much more effectively when I have the full certification.
To be clear - This money is going directly towards the tuition for the 3 courses I have left. This isn't going towards a new wardrobe for myself or something frivolous. (Anyone who knows me knows I consider shopping at TJ Maxx as "splurging").
Each class is 1,175 and you can see the price for yourselves right here: http://tobinstitute.org/programs/courses/
If you cannot give financially, I simply ask for your prayers. I know God is faithful and He always provides. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for whatever you give. I promise you I will continue to use the knowledge I've obtained from the 5 courses I've already taken to promote the Catholic Church's teachings on human sexuality and always to speak the truth in love. I have seen firsthand and experienced how the power of the Gospel works in everyday lives. TOB changes lives because it changes hearts. I'm a living testament to that and I would love to give this gift of transformation to others, with God's help, as best as I am able.
Update for you guys - 11/10/18 - So my next course, TOB 3, takes place in January and payment is due in mid-December. I've already received a few donations directly that cover about $550, praise God! I've adjusted the goal to reflect that. The balance that remains for *this* course is about $900. Again, I'm putting this all in God's hands and trusting that He has a plan for how to use all of this knowledge and put it use for building up the Kingdom of God here on earth. It's already proving to be worthwhile as I have met with the DRE at my parish who has asked me to give a presentation to Moms and there is talk of a future Theology on Tap event as well here in my Archdiocese. There will definitely be more opportunities to share the message of TOB. I just once again, ask for your prayers and for any assistance that you can provide to help me get back to the Institute in January to complete my 7th course. SO CLOSE! :) And thank you again to those who have donated already - You have been on my list of prayer intentions ever since and will continue to be prayed for daily!
My first update is a GREAT update: I'm currently preparing to leave for my next TOB course that starts tonight in Pennsylvania. And together with a small scholarship from the TOB Institute, and these donations, as well as friends who donated directly to me, this course is entirely paid for. Thank you all so much! God is so good! I didn't even pay for the reading materials for this class - they are on loan to me from a good friend. I'm overwhelmed by everyone's generosity. I'll be leaving this campaign open until after the next course in January when I'll give another update on how it's going. Thank you all again for your prayers and your gifts!