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Freedom To Love 2009 06 27

  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. The Bouillon Cube
  4. 4. 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 4
  5. 5. Sex, Lies & Redemption
  6. 6. “Sexuality… is by no means something purely biological, but concerns the inner-most being of the human person” OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 6
  7. 7. “The redemption of the body… is, in fact, the perspective of the whole Gospel, of the whole teaching, in fact of the whole mission of Christ.” OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 7
  8. 8. The “Great Divorce”
  9. 9. DUALISM Angelism Animalism Prudery Indecency Rigorism Permissivism Repression Indulgence OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 9
  10. 10. Integration in Christ
  11. 11. “It is necessary continually to rediscover in what is „erotic‟ the nuptial meaning of the body and the true dignity of the gift. … which means the aspiration of the human spirit towards the true, good, and beautiful – so that what is „erotic‟ also becomes true, good, and beautiful” (TB, 171). OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 11
  12. 12. “Man cannot stop at putting the heart in a state of continual and irreversible suspicion due to the manifestations of lust… Redemption is a truth, a reality, in the name of which man must feel called, and called with efficacy” (TB, 167). OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 12
  13. 13. We must learn with perseverance and consistency the meaning of our bodies, the meaning of our sexuality…This is a “science” which can‟t really be learned only from books, because it‟s a question here of deep knowledge of our interior life…And although these internal movements of the heart can sometimes be confused with one another, we have been called by Christ to acquire a mature and complete evaluation. And it should be added that this task can be carried out and is really worthy of man (see TB, 172). OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 13
  14. 14. Some Practical Points
  15. 15. Living the Redemption Make it your mission in life to come to know, understand and live the TOB. • Theology of the Body for Beginners, Christopher West, Ascension Press • Introduction to the Theology of the Body, Christopher West, Ascension Press • Theology of the Body for Teens, Jason Evert • Naked Without Shame CD Set, Christopher West, The Gift Foundation • Heaven‟s Song, Christopher West, Ascension Press • The Love that Satisfies, Christopher West, Ascension Press • Love and Responsibility, Karol Wojtyla, Ignatius Press • Sex and the Marriage Covenant, Kippley, Ignatius Press OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 15
  16. 16. Living the Redemption Continually pray and meditate on God‟s plan for sexuality. • 30 Day Challenge • For the next 30 days, every morning, pray, “God, if you exist, show me why you made me a man/woman.” • Pray the Rosary • Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy • Pray in times of temptation • Lord, you created man and woman with a purpose • Lord, thank you for sexuality • Lord, redeem my lust and teach me to see your plan in every person OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 16
  17. 17. Living the Redemption Frequent the sacraments of Eucharist and Confession. • Attend Holy Mass more than once a week, every day if possible • Go to Confession once every 2-4 weeks OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 17
  18. 18. Living the Redemption Keep nothing of your sinfulness and woundedness from the light of Christ. • Frequent Confession • Honesty and humility in prayer • Do a General Confession (by appointment) OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 18
  19. 19. Living the Redemption Forcefully reject the lies that bombard us every day. • Reject the lie in that instant, verbally or in your heart • Replace it with the true image of the masculine and feminine OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 19
  20. 20. Living the Redemption Pray for redemption of desires in moments of temptation. • “Lord, thank you for the beauty of this person. Thank you for the gift of my own sexuality. I surrender this twisted lustful desire to you, and I ask you, please, by the power of your death and resurrection, to untwist in me what sin has twisted, so that I might come to experience sexual desire as you created it to be.” • “Lord, through your death and resurrection you have redeemed man. 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 20
  21. 21. Living the Redemption Seek God‟s grace to forgive those who have wounded you. • In humility, pray for them and their healing and conversion • Meditate on Christ‟s Passion OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 21
  22. 22. Living the Redemption Seek God‟s grace to forgive yourself for your own failings. • Prayer, confession, and Mass • Actively work towards holiness and for His Will OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 22
  23. 23. Living the Redemption Seek the forgiveness of those you have wronged (when appropriate). • Pray for them OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 23
  24. 24. Living the Redemption Seek professional help or counseling when needed. • Catholictherapist.com • www.couragerc.net OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 24
  25. 25. Living the Redemption Witness to the truth in your own family, workplace, school, etc. • Live and speak the truth • Be a man: Hold open doors • Be a woman: Allow doors to be held open OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 25
  26. 26. Living the Redemption 1. Make it your mission in life to come to know, understand and live the TOB. 2. Continually pray and meditate on God‟s plan for sexuality. 3. Frequent the sacraments of Eucharist and Confession. 4. Keep nothing of your sinfulness and woundedness from the light of Christ. 5. Forcefully reject the lies that bombard us every day. 6. Pray for redemption of desires in moments of temptation. 7. Seek God‟s grace to forgive those who have wounded you. 8. Seek God‟s grace to forgive yourself for your own failings. 9. Seek the forgiveness of those you have wronged (when appropriate). 10. Seek professional help or counseling when needed. 11. Witness to the truth in your own family, workplace, school, etc. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 26
  27. 27. I appeal to you, in view of God‟s mercy, to offer your sexuality as a living sacrifice, whole and entire to God. You need not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but you can be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will understand and desire God‟s will for your sexuality – his good, pleasing, and perfect will. (see Romans 12:1-2) OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 27
  28. 28. Salt and Light
  29. 29. If not now, then when? OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 29
  30. 30. Salt and Light If not this, then what? OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 30
  31. 31. Longing… “…to set the world ablaze.” OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 31
  32. 32. House Keeping
  33. 33. Choose the Next Topic Truth: Still “straight up” after all these years. Tradition: The Pillar and Foundation of Truth. Authority: Who‟s your Papem? Deuterocanonicals: Got Maccabees? Purgatory: On the Way Up. OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 33
  34. 34. For the Future… Apologetics (Faith and works, Sola Scriptura, Purgatory, etc.) Catholic History Church Fathers Current Events Catholic Economics and Politics Papal Encyclicals and Writings The Holy Mass Morality Non-Christian Religions Other Christian Denominations Philosophy Prayer The Sacraments The Saints Scripture Sexual Morality Social Teaching Theology Vatican II OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 34
  35. 35. Pope John Paul the Great pray for us OLOP|YA YOUNG ADULTS Freedom to Love 35

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