A TOB Revolution in Texas
You say you want a revolution? The spirit of this REVOLUTION was set aflame in the hearts of a small group of college students who experienced their own Pentecost in the “Upper Room” of a Texas A&M dormitory in College Station, TX. That flame found fuel when Sister Marie Bernadette returned from the TOB 1 Head & Heart Immersion Course in May 2008 and got six students together to start studying the theology of the body. The students, today known as “the REVOLUTION” came together with a united passion: a love for JPII’s theology of the body and a desire to spread it in full force on their college campus. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the seven began meeting weekly and, within three months the flame had become a bonfire as the REVOLUTION event took off. Stephanie Balser, a REVOLUTION service team member, describes her experience in the group saying, "We really want to make people aware of the reality of the world we live in, a world where love and beauty are largely distorted, resulting in brokenness and hurt… We want people to know that there is truth out there that makes sense and there are answers to so many of the questions we have about love, sex, desire, God, and the meaning of life. We need to expose them to that truth…"
Once every semester, The REVOLUTION hosts a high-impact evening including a talk about theology of the body, prayer, testimonies, videos made by students, and an invitation to join other students in study groups. This semester the group is adding an event called "The REVOLUTION: Rich in Mercy," an evening consisting of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and guided prayer for the healing of memories from past sins. The mission is to deepen hope and to strengthen chastity. "As the REVOLUTION continues to grow, we hope to introduce more events focusing on men’s and women’s specific struggles and topics dealing with homosexuality, contraception, etc.," continues Stephanie. "In past events, the church has been almost completely packed. So we will… be looking to move on campus and expand our outreach to embrace our Protestant brothers and sisters in the near future."
Recently, Christopher West spoke to a completely packed crowd at St. Mary’s Church on Texas A&M. Afterwards, he had an opportunity to spend time with the students of the REVOLUTION. Stephanie described the encouragement they have received from Christopher West and TOB Institute, “We have been in contact with them over the past year and their prayers, support, and example of holiness have been an inspiration. From the beginning Christopher’s advice to us has been to ‘pray, pray, pray, study, pray, pray, pray, study, pray…’ encouraging us to go farther than just learning the theology of the body, to truly let sink into our hearts and live it out. We were moved to consecrate ourselves and all of our efforts to the womb of Mary, asking for her protection and guidance as she leads us to Jesus.”
"God’s thirst for our love has been so evident as we have watched His Spirit stir throughout this movement,” says Stephanie. “The REVOLUTION has already changed so many lives just here at Texas A&M by giving students an opportunity to hear about TOB, study it, and become immersed into a community that encourages them to live it out. Through the REVOLUTION, the theology of the body has brought immense healing and truth to the brokenness of our college campus."
Texas A&M “Revolution” is a campus outreach that began in 2007 as a book study. Since then, their outreach events have spread the good news of theology of the body throughout the university. Click here to learn more about their work to bring the truth of theology of the body to college students.