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Freedom To Love 2009 01 31

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Freedom To Love 2009 01 31

  1. 1. Freedom to Love The Theology of the Body Applied to Our Lives OLOP|YA Our Lady of Peace Young Adult Group
  2. 2. Table of Contents A Brief Overview of the Theology of the Body 1. Sex and the Meaning of Existence 2. Understanding the Body as a “Theology” 3. God‟s Mystery & the Spousal Analogy 4. Unmasking the Counterfeits For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free 1. What is Freedom 2. The Dependence of Freedom on Truth 3. How Do We Know the Truth? 4. The Freedom for Which Christ Set Us Free 5. The Holy Spirit is the Source of Freedom Love as I Have Loved You 1. What is Love? 2. Chastity & the Integration of Love 3. Love & the “Unrepeatability” of the Person Living the Redemption of Sexuality 1. Sex, Lies, & Redemption 2. The “Great Divorce” 3. Integration in Christ 4. Some Practical Points OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 2 YOUNG ADULTS
  3. 3. The Bouillon Cubes
  4. 4. True Freedom Serves the Good 2a. “There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good…The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to the „slavery of sin‟” (CCC, n. 1733). OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 4 YOUNG ADULTS
  5. 5. True Freedom quot;True freedom is liberation not from the external constraint that calls me to good, but from the internal constraint that hinders my choice of the good.quot; OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 5 YOUNG ADULTS
  6. 6. Fulfillment of the Law quot;Do not think that I have come to abolish the law. I have not come to abolish the law; I have come to fulfill the law.quot; Matthew 5:17 OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 6 YOUNG ADULTS
  7. 7. The MOAB: Mother of All Bouillon Cubes 2c. “The body, and in fact, it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus to be a sign of it” (TB, 76). OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 7 YOUNG ADULTS
  8. 8. What is Love? What is Love?
  9. 9. The Scandal of Freedom quot;Do not scandalize those who are not free, with your freedom.quot; OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 9 YOUNG ADULTS
  10. 10. What is Love? True Love balances Freedom and Attraction ATTRACTION emotion / desire FREEDOM will + decision Fickle/Misguided OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 10 YOUNG ADULTS
  11. 11. What is Love? True Love balances Freedom and Attraction FREEDOM will + decision ATTRACTION emotion / desire Cold/Stoic OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 11 YOUNG ADULTS
  12. 12. Attraction quot;Emotions, feelings, and sensual attraction constitute only the raw material of love. There exists a tendency to regard them as their finished form. If these components are not held together by the correct gravitational pull, they may add up not to love, but to its direct opposite.quot; I knew I was being used OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 12 YOUNG ADULTS
  13. 13. Love’s Counterfeit quot;Sometimes what is called love, if subjected to searching critical examination, turns out to be - contrary to all appearances - only a form of using the person.quot; OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 13 YOUNG ADULTS
  14. 14. The Personalistic Norm Positive Content: Thou Shalt Love Negative Content: Thou Shalt Not Use OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 14 YOUNG ADULTS
  15. 15. Authentic Love “I long for you as a good for me.” -Lust “I long for your good.” -Authentic Love OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 15 YOUNG ADULTS
  16. 16. Love’s Counterfeit Lust seeks the sensation of sexuality, apart from the true gift of one's self to the other. OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 16 YOUNG ADULTS
  17. 17. Love Runs Deeper The truth of love still runs far deeper and wider than our lustful inclinations and tendencies. Love calls us to freedom OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 17 YOUNG ADULTS
  18. 18. Pope John Paul the Great pray for us OLOP|YA Freedom to Love 18 YOUNG ADULTS