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Freedom To Love 2008 12 13

  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 <ul><li>A Brief Overview of the Theology of the Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sex and the Meaning of Existence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the Body as a “Theology” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s Mystery & the Spousal Analogy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unmasking the Counterfeits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is Freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Dependence of Freedom on Truth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How Do We Know the Truth? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Freedom for Which Christ Set Us Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Holy Spirit is the Source of Freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Love as I Have Loved You </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is Love? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chastity & the Integration of Love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love & the “Unrepeatability” of the Person </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Living the Redemption of Sexuality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sex, Lies, & Redemption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The “Great Divorce” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration in Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Practical Points </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Bouillon Cubes
  4. 4. Sex and the Meaning of Existence 1 <ul><li>1a. What we learn is obviously “important in regards to marriage.” However it “Is equally essential… for the understanding of man in general: for the… self-comprehension of his being in the world” (TB, 352-353 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sex and the Meaning of Existence 2 <ul><li>1b. 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) </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Fundamental Element of Existence in the World  <ul><li>1c. The call to communion inscribed in our sexuality is “the fundamental element of human existence in the world.” (TB, 16) “the foundation of human life” (EA, n. 46), and hence, “the deepest substratum of human ethics and culture” (TB, 163). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Culture Wars <ul><li>1d. “It is an illusion to think we can build a true culture of human life if we do not… accept and experience sexuality and love and the whole of life according to their true meaning and their close inter-connection” (EV, n. 97) </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Sacramentality of the Body <ul><li>2a. “As a being at once body and spirit, man expresses and perceives spiritual realities through physical signs and symbols” (CCC, n. 1146) </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Logic of Christianity  <ul><li>2b. “Through the fact that the Word of God became flesh the body entered theology… through the main door” (TB, 89) </li></ul>
  10. 10. The MOAB: Mother of All Bouillon Cubes <ul><li>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).  </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Innermost Secret of God <ul><li>3a. “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). </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Banquet that Satisfies <ul><li>3c. Understanding the true meaning of the body and sexuality “concerns the entire Bible” (TB, 249). It plunges us into the perspective of the whole Gospel, of the whole teaching, in fact, of the whole mission of Christ” (TB, 175). </li></ul>Pretty Woman
  13. 13. The Eyes to See <ul><li>God created sexuality to reveal to us, His mystery of love to the world.  </li></ul>
  14. 14. Freedom to Love
  15. 15. Ephesians 5:21-33 <ul><li>Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church , he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish… </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ephesians 5:21-33 <ul><li>… So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. &quot;For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.&quot; This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Great Mystery <ul><li>3b. “The Church cannot therefore be understood … unless we keep in mind the ‘great mystery’ … expressed in the ‘one flesh’ [union] of marriage and the family” (LF, n. 19). </li></ul>
  18. 18. Bold Reconfiguration <ul><li>3d. “John Paul’s portrait of sexual love as an icon of the interior life of God” is “one of the boldest reconfigurations of Catholic theology, preaching, and religious education. When it does, it will compel a dramatic development of thinking about virtually every major theme in the Creed” (WH, 336, 853) </li></ul>Think about Freedom
  19. 19. Sexual Desire <ul><li>&quot;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.&quot;  </li></ul>Inverted Engines
  20. 20. Legalism vs. Liberty &quot;How far can I go, before I break the rules?&quot;   Legalism &quot;What is the truth about sex that will set me free to love?&quot; Liberty
  21. 21. Freedom <ul><li>1a. “Freedom is the power…to act or not to act, </li></ul><ul><li>to do this or that and so to perform </li></ul><ul><li>deliberate actions on one’s </li></ul><ul><li>own responsibility.”  </li></ul><ul><li>(CCC, n. 1731) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Control <ul><li>&quot;If you can not control yourself, you will inevitably seek to control someone else. If you can not control your own sexual desires, you will simply seek to control someone else in order to gratify your desires.&quot;  </li></ul>
  23. 23. Free Choice <ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  24. 24. License is freedom's counterfeit <ul><li>&quot;License says: do whatever you want without regard for what is good, without regard for what is loving. It promotes choice without distinguishing between good and bad choices.&quot;  </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Volition  (click here) </li></ul><ul><li>n. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. The act of making a conscious choice or decision. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. A conscious choice or decision. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. The power or faculty of choosing; the will. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[French, from Medieval Latin voliti , voliti n-, from Latin velle, vol-, to wish ; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.] </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Pope John Paul the Great pray for us