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Theology of the Body

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Presenter: Fr. Sean Kilcawley, STL

What is love? What is wrong with pornography anyway? Why can’t I stop even though I know it’s wrong? According to Pope John Paul II, “I think that among the answers that Christ would give to the people of our times and to their questions, often so impatient, fundamental would still be the one he gave to the Pharisees. In answering these questions, Christ would appeal first of all to the ‘beginning.’” In the first years of his pontificate, John Paul II gave a 129 week course on “Human love in the Divine plan.” Fr Sean Kilcawley will speak on how this vision of human and divine love can provide a road map for understanding and healing pornography and sexual addiction.

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Theology of the Body

  1. 1. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY: A Roadmap to Recovery FR SEAN KILCAWLEY, STL
  2. 2. What Would Saint John Paul II say?  “I think that among the answers that Christ would give to the people of our times and to their questions, often so impatient, fundamental would still be the one he gave to the Pharisees. In answering these questions, Christ would appeal first of all to the “beginning.” He would perhaps do so all the more decidedly and essentially, inasmuch as man’s inner and simultaneously cultural situation seems to move away from that beginning and assume forms and dimensions that diverge from the biblical image of the “beginning” to points that are evidently ever more distant.  Wednesday Audience April 2, 1980
  3. 3. Christ points us to the beginning  Matthew 19:3-8  The question of the Pharisees  “Christ does not accept the discussion on the level on which his interlocutors try to introduce it; in a sense, he does not approve the dimension they tried to give the problem.”  He points back to the beginning  “’The beginning’ signifies therefore what Genesis speaks about”  Goal: accompanying, so to speak, from afar the work in preparation for the synod, not, however by directly touching the topic, but by turning attention to the deep roots from which this topic springs
  4. 4. Redemptor Hominis 10 10 . The human dimension of the mystery of the Redemption Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it.
  5. 5. The Devil’s Plan- Attack on Communion and Love at all levels “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brethren.” (Lk 22:31- 32).
  6. 6. Evolution of Technology  Party line  Short cord in the kitchen  Long cord  Teen line  Email  Instant messaging  Cell phones  Social media  Snap Chat
  7. 7. Story of Salvation and our story Creation Fall Orig. Sin End of Time Coming of Christ Distortion Clarity/growth In virtue Wedding feast Of the Lamb Good
  8. 8. What is Love? F SHS Wills the good Entrusts himself completely Fruitfulness To “Be For” To “Be From” To be with
  9. 9. Imago Trinitatis  “The real God is by his very nature entirely being-for (Father), being-from (Son), and being-with(Holy Spirit). Man, for his part, is God’s image precisely insofar as the “from,” “with,” and “for” constitute the fundamental anthropological pattern. Whenever we attempt to free ourselves from this pattern, we are not on our way to divinity, but to dehumanization, to the destruction of being itself through the destruction of the truth.” Joseph Ratzinger, Truth and Freedom.
  10. 10. Benedict XVI  The family is the place where the theology of the body and the theology of love intersect. Here we learn the goodness of the body, its witness to an Origin that is good, in the experience of love that we receive from our parents. Here the gift of self in one flesh is lived out in the conjugal charity that joins the spouses. Here the fecundity of love is experienced and our life is interwoven with that of other generations. It is in the family that man discovers his relationality, not as a self-actualized, autonomous individual, but as a child, a spouse, a parent, whose identity is founded on being called to love, to receive himself from others and to give himself to others.
  11. 11. God Man Wills the good. Gen. 2:16-17 Entrusts Himself Original Solitude/sonship
  12. 12. M WC Wills the good/entrusts self Entrusts self/wills the good Original Unity/spousal- parental love
  13. 13. God Man Wills the good Entrusts self autonomy Doubt Original Sin - Loss of Sonship
  14. 14. M WC Loss of Spousality
  15. 15. Loss of Parenthood M WC Wills the good/entrusts self Entrusts self/wills the good
  16. 16. Redemption in Christ What happened at our Baptism? We became sons and daughters of God
  17. 17. Christ Church Cross Entrust myself Redemption

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