Attention all parents and teens,
It is with great pleasure that I announce the Spring 2014 theme for the Semester... Theology of the Body. The 'Theology of the Body' is Pope John Paul II's integrated vision of the human person - body, soul, and spirit. John Paul II spent over four years devoting his Wednesday catechesis sessions to a new message and approach to explaining human sexuality. From 1979 to 1984, he spoke on things like the meaning of the body, the experience of shame, the battle of concupiscence and of course how we are all redeemed, even in our sexuality, by Christ. At the very heart of the TOB is the idea that the body reveals the human person’s essence, and that essence, that core of what it means to be human, is to become a gift. John Paul II often quoted Vatican II in saying that we can’t understand ourselves as human beings unless we make a sincere gift of self to others. This happens in celibacy when a man or woman gives their life to the service of others. It happens in marriage when a man and woman each completely give their whole lives and selves, including their sexuality and their bodily union to the other person. And this is what lies at the heart of all human interaction: we are made to love others and to be selfless. He applies this message to the vocations of marriage and celibacy, in preparation for the Kingdom of Heaven. So why is this so important for teens today?
Unfortunately this vision of Love, truth and our bodies is not what is prevalent in the world today. As I've mentioned before this world is full of brokenness, lies, negativity, and sin. We have lost the true meaning of Love, masculinity, femininity, sex, Marriage, chastity and more. Teens often hear, "sex is bad, don't do it". This is a LIE! The TOB goes into explaining the beauty of creation, the purpose of our lives, and what it truly means to be male and female. It explains that sex is a gift from God and why this expression of authentic love should be only done within the Sacrament of Marriage.
In a world where divorce, adultery, and using other people for self-gratification is so common TOB is truly a gift of light! We will be discussing these themes as well as Natural Family Planning, contraception, homosexuality, pornography and more. I also want to clarify that although we will be speaking about all these topics we will also be speaking about how all of this directly relates to their relationship with God. Male and females compliment each other but only God can complete us and can fill the deepest desires of our hearts.
I want to specifically challenge you, the Parents to encourage your teens to attend this Semester and to speak about these topics with your teens. Communication is key and you are the primary Catechist. If you are unsure of what Theology of the Body is or want more information we are having a Parent's night on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7pm at the SEAS (St. Elizabeth site). I want to highly encourage you all to attend! There is also an event for teens at St. Charles Catholic in Laplace called God of Desire, this Friday from 8pm-12am that will be an excellent opportunity for your teens. I hope to see you all there. Thank you and God bless. Also please see a list of our events that are attached below and enjoy these great videos =)
PARENTS MEETING WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014 AT 7PM AT SEAS!!!!!
DON'T MISS OUT!!!!!!
Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.