THEOLOGY OF THE BODY FOR TEENS“Y! are beautiful, and y! are loved.”
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?In Theology of the Body for Teens, you will discover thebeauty and purpose of one’s sexuality, and why it is such amajor part of our ability to love.You’ll learn that the Church actually teaches and believesthat human sexuality is really important, and good, andbeautiful.Human sexuality is actually meant, in a sense, to point us toheaven.
WHAT IS LOVE?The key to finding the love we are looking for, (the meaning of life/love), ishidden in God’s original design of our bodies and souls.Pope John Paul II: “For love is not merely a feeling; it is an act of will thatconsists of preferring in a constant manner, the good of others to the good ofoneself.” What does that mean? Love is wanting the best for another, over the happiness of oneself.JPII: “The opposite of love is not hate, but the using of another person.”
NAKED WITHOUT SHAMEWhen God originally designed us, sexual desire was thedesire to love in the image of God.Naked without shame vs. shameless: “Naked without shame” refers to nudity that exists within the context of innocence, purity of heart, and freedom; being “shameless” in today’s society refers to flaunting the body without inhibitions or conscience; it’s what’s left when sex loses its sacredness and mystery.
HOW DOES GOD LOVE?The four biggest aspects of God’s love are: Free, Total, Faithful andFruitful.These four aspects are a parallel between God’s love for humanity and the lovebetween a man and a woman.How God loves: Free: God’s love is freely given. Total: God’s love is complete; He gives all of Himself, withholding nothing. Faithful: God never abandons us and never stops loving us. Fruitful: God’s love brings us life.
FREEDOM EXPLAINEDThe real definition of freedom: The desire and ability to choose the good.JPII: “Freedom without responsibilities is the opposite oflove.”Authentic freedom involves accepting and living out thetruth of who we are: children of God, and for what we arecreated: love and communion.Freedom exists for the sake of love.
THE LANGUAGE OF LOVEJPII: “The language of the body is not only a language oflove, but a language of divine love.The true language of sex says: “I am completely yours. Ibelong totally to you.”Do contraception and pornography live up to God’s love? FTFF
DID YOU KNOW?The canopy often built over the altar in Catholic Churchesrepresents the canopy over a marriage bed! It reminds us that on the altar during Mass the bride groom, Christ, gives His body, the Eucharist, to His bride, the Church, so that we may have eternal life. Like a husband and wife renew their love and wedding vows: through their one flesh union on their wedding bed.
THE PROMISE OF LOVE Spousal vows of Christ’s Example of love this love Will you accept children “I came that they may lovingly from God and have life, and have it more bring them up in the abundantly.” JN 10:10 Church? “I lay down my life; No Have you come here freely one takes it away from me, to give yourselves to each but I lay down of my own other? accord.” JN 10:18 Will you love and honor “I am with you to the close each other as man and of time.” MT 28:20 wife, forever? Have you come here “Greater love has no man without reservation, to that this, that man la down give yourselves to each his life for his friends.” other in marriage? JN 15:13
THE RELATIONSHIP PYRAMID Intimacy of sex Marriage Engagement Exclusive relationship Getting to know their family better Getting to know the person better Friendship