Theology of the Body

Let us make in man in our image, after our likeness… God created man in his image, the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.” - Gen 1:31

This weekend I went on a retreat set up by the ONE team from the Archdiocese of Boston. It was a leader retreat called Witness to Truth about love. You had to have gone to Witness to truth previously to attend this one. The retreat was based on Blessed John Paul the Second’s teaching of Theology of the Body.

            I learned a lot and received a lot from this weekend. For instance, I realized the TRUE definition of love. Love is unconditional giving of oneself for the good of another.  Throughout my life I can count on my hand how I personally showed love; the real definition. In the world's sense of love, I would give love but would only do it to have love been shown back to me. That is and was extremely selfish of me as a daughter of Christ. In our world most of us do what I did and just show love to receive it back.

            Also this weekend we broke the Theology of the Body into three parts, that the body reveals three things. Who we are and how we are made in the image of God, Who God is, and God’s plan for us. To know who we are as a human being we have to realize what our God given talents are. God is Love and made us to love and be loved. With that being said we have to ask God what vocation we are and accept his will, not our own. We have to accept and give ourselves to God to then in return be truly happy in our lives.

            Finally this weekend I learned that men and women are equal but different. The differences between us make us complementary and make us a community of persons. Our bodies show it is not good to be alone, not just physically but spiritually for those choosing another vocation besides marriage. Our bodies also show we are made to give to another and receive from another. The Theology of the Body is the antidote to so many of the struggles and pains of our culture unless we are Free, Total, Faithful, and Fruitful in sex in the context of marriage.

“ Therefore a man leaves his father and mothers and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh” Gen 2:24

 

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