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Freedom To Love 2009 04 25a

  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 YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 2
  3. 3. Sex and the Meaning of Existence
  4. 4. Sex is linked to the Meaning of Existence If you have a body, the TOTB applies to you. Though it focuses on sexual love, the theology of the body affords “the rediscovery of the meaning of the whole of existence, the meaning of life” (TB, 168) OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 4
  5. 5. Relating the Catholic View of Sex to the Culture Our Culture has little to no understanding of the value of sex Catholic education has historically had a simple message related to sex: “Don‟t do it.” MTVs Debut The TOTB: 1. Tells us the why behind the what 2. Gives us a new language to communicate the Glory of God‟s plan for human sexuality 3. Is the message that you and I can use to transform the culture OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 5
  6. 6. How can the body have a theology? “‟Let us make man in our image‟…God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27). OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 6
  7. 7. Our Culture Why is fertility seen as a disease? The Pill Commercial There She Goes Why is lust masqueraded as love? • “You and me Baby ain‟t nothing but mammals, so let‟s do it like they do on the discovery channel.” If you can’t say no to sex, your yes means nothing. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 7
  8. 8. Understanding the Body as a “Theology”
  9. 9. A Profound Unity of Body and Spirit “As a being at once body and spirit, man expresses and perceives spiritual realities through physical signs and symbols” (CCC, n. 1146) OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 9
  10. 10. Theology = The Study of God Christianity is the religion of the Word made flesh. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 10
  11. 11. Understanding the Body as a “Theology” Who you’re looking for
  12. 12. Theology of the Body “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 YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 12
  13. 13. The Ultimate Spiritual Mystery “God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that eternal exchange of Love” (CCC, n. 221). OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 13
  14. 14. True Love Counterfeit Loves OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 14
  15. 15. God’s Mystery and the Spousal Analogy
  16. 16. God’s Revelation Genesis Hosea Ephesians Revelation 2:23 2:19 5:31-32 22:17 “The man “On that day, “…the two “The Spirit and said: „This says the shall become the bride say, one, at last, LORD, She one flesh.‟ „Come.‟ … Let is bone of shall call me This is a real the one who my bones "My mystery, and thirsts come and flesh of husband," I mean in forward.” my flesh.‟” reference to Christ and the Church” OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 16
  17. 17. He Gave Us a Sign God wanted this eternal plan of love and communion to be so plain and obvious to us that he stamped an image of it right in our very bodies. “„For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.‟ This is a real mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church” • Ephesians 5:31-32 OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 17
  18. 18. What is Sex? Sex is only sex to the degree that it allows us to participate in the love of Heaven OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 18
  19. 19. Freedom to Love
  20. 20. Sexual Desire "God gave us sexual desire as fuel for a rocket that is meant to launch us into the stars, and beyond, to the Eternal Embrace." Inverted Engines OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 20
  21. 21. Legalism vs. Liberty Legalism Liberty "How far can "What is the I go, before I truth about break the sex that will rules?" set me free to love?" OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 21
  22. 22. Freedom 1a. “Freedom is the power…to act or not to act, to do this or that and so to perform deliberate actions on one‟s own responsibility.” (CCC, n. 1731) OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 22
  23. 23. Freedom. Truth. Two sides: One Coin Addicted to Love C+F
  24. 24. Survival of the Fittest If there is no objective truth, then all we have is “Might Makes Right”, survival of the fittest. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 24
  25. 25. The Great Divorce: Freedom and Truth Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32 Freedom and Truth are two sides of the same coin. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 25
  26. 26. The Witness of a Life OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 26
  27. 27. Free Choice 1b. “Human dignity requires man to act through conscious and free choice, as motivated and prompted personally from within, and not through blind internal impulse or merely external pressure.” (GS, n. 17) OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 27
  28. 28. True Freedom "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." Lenten Fast OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 28
  29. 29. Live Bold. Die Free. I Want You
  30. 30. Freedom from the Law "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." –Matthew 5:17 "I would not have known what sin was, if it weren't for the law." -Rom 7:7 OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 30
  31. 31. For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.. For you were called to freedom.. only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, be servants of one another." -Gal 5:1,13 OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 31
  32. 32. Freedom’s Full Potential "For freedom Christ has set us free. Do not, again, take up a yolk of slavery." Crucifixion is preferable to slavery to lust. Apples OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 32
  33. 33. What is Love? What is Love?
  34. 34. Attraction "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." I knew I was being used OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 34
  35. 35. The Personalistic Norm Positive Content: Thou Shalt Love Negative Content: Thou Shalt Not Use OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 35
  36. 36. Authentic Love “I long for you as a good for me.” -Lust “I long for your good.” -Authentic Love OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 36
  37. 37. Love’s Counterfeit Lust seeks the sensation of sexuality, apart from the true gift of one's self to the other. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 37
  38. 38. The Super Power of Chastity Never Gonna
  39. 39. Super Power Summary Chastity Teaches Us How To: • Integrate the will, emotions, and attractions. • Long for the others‟ good, before our own. • See the unrepeatability of the person. • Redeem our sexual attraction. Instead of desiring to use or acquire, we desire to genuflect. • View each person as a mystery. Not a commodity or a combination of attributes and qualities that exist to aid in our “pleasure”, “satisfaction” or “good”. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 39
  40. 40. The Value of the Person "The essence of chastity consists in quickness to affirm the value of the human person in every situation. And, in raising to the personal level all of our reactions to that person's body and sexuality. … rather it is a matter of sustained and long term integration, so that our attraction to a person's body and sex is grounded and integrated in the value of the person.” OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 40
  41. 41. Apprenticeship in Self-mastery “Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them.. Self-mastery is a long and exacting work. One can never consider it acquired once and for all. It presupposes renewed effort at all stages of life.” CCC 2342 OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 41
  42. 42. Actuals of Grace “Lord, Jesus Christ, through your death and resurrection you have redeemed man and breathed new life into the dust of his humanity. Take my lustful desires and wash them clean by the Blood and Water which flows from Your Sacred Heart. Make my heart all pure. Allow me to desire to genuflect to this man or this woman. Grant me the grace to refuse to view them as a “good” for myself. O Blood and water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 42
  43. 43. Love and the Unrepeatability of the Person Me for Me
  44. 44. Mature Love Love reaches maturity when it turns from how the other person makes me feel, to who the other person is. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 44
  45. 45. Qualities are Transitional Qualities and attributes of a person, if your love stops there, offer absolutely no permanent foundation. These things are transitional, and they are repeatable. But, they are there to be cherished and appreciated and recognized. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 45
  46. 46. The Decision We have before us a banquet and a dumpster. • Choose the banquet. • It is the only thing that will satisfy. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 46
  47. 47. Pope John Paul the Great pray for us OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 47

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