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What is The Theology of the Body?

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The Theology of the Body was the topic of 129 talks given by Saint John Paul II during his Wednesday addresses between September 1979 and November 1984.

The word theology comes from the Greek root words theos (God) and logia (word). Theology, then is literally a “word about God.” St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, then, can be described as a word about God and the body.

Fully Alive: Diocese of La Crosse

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Rediscovering the Meaning of Life, Love, Sex and Gender

Come learn more about the legacy left behind by St. John Paul II. This introduction to his Theology of the Body will explore these questions (and more):

  • What does Scripture reveal to us about who God is? About who we are?
  • How is God’s Divine Design revealed in sacred art and architecture?
  • What exactly is God’s Plan for sexuality?
  • What does the Church really teach about sex?

Divorce. Broken families. Sexual abuse. Pornography. Gender issues. Everywhere we look, we find more confusion about the fundamental truths of human life. As we lose our basic understanding of the meanings of man, woman, marriage, and sex, the question becomes ever more urgent: What does it mean to be a human being?

Understanding the basics of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, making his profound teachings on human sexuality easy to grasp and apply in our lives. You will discover a deeper understanding of your role in your family and in society, learn how to better love and be loved by your spouse or future spouse, and gain new insights on how to respond with clarity and compassion to hot-button issues on sexuality.


Here you can find the handouts and resources referenced during the formation day as well as a list of resources we recommend for both individuals and groups to help you continue to explore the themes and topics covered.

Encounter: Diocese of Biloxi Staff Inservice

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January 9, 2019 - Presenters: Steve & Maureen Anderson

All Christians are invited to a “renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 9).

 

Christ calls all people to himself in his Body, the Church, through the workings of the Holy Spirit, so that we can enter into a personal relationship with God the Father. “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 120).

The Diocese of Biloxi staff inservice is designed to:

  • provide an overview of Bishop Kihneman's vision for moving the entire diocese to a culture of missionary discipleship,
  • explain the evangelization and discipleship process and provide a common language and vocabulary for the process,
  • offer an opportunity for personal encounter with Jesus and personal exploration of the core gospel proclamation (kerygma),
  • guide staff through a process of identifying the key elements of their personal journeys to discipleship, and
  • equip staff with beginning practical tools and skills to discern where others may be on their faith journey and how to help walk them into their next step.

Many participants find that attending a single seminar or retreat day is only able to provide a brief overview of some of the key elements to discipleship and evangelization. Spending time reflecting, praying, and learning both individually and as a group will help ensure you take the concepts from theories and apply them in practice in your own life and in your parish.

Talking Turkey (and Jesus) at Thanksgiving

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Fr. Dan Beeman, a priest and pastor from Norfolk, VA took to Twitter recently to share about how to navigate conversations about faith and spirituality at your Thanksgiving gatherings.

Sometimes we feel like our family and friends can get "sick" of hearing us talk about our faith.  Even the most open-minded, prayerful, and loving comments we make and stories we share can be perceived as judgement and lecture.  Just mentioning the slightest thing about spirituality and faith seems to cause certain family members to shut down or roll their eyes.  We, in turn, find ourselves getting defensive and avoiding the topic completely - often feeling like we can't be authentic and true to ourselves.  It's a vicious cycle of judgement, defensiveness, and silence that leads to cultural maxims like:  "We just don't talk about religion here."  

Fr. Beeman's suggestions are great if you don't have anyone actively hostile or defensive (on either side of the faith discussion) sitting at your Thanksgiving table.  But what can you do if you feel like anything you say related to faith and spirituality is outright ignored, causes anger, inflates tension beyond bearable levels, or is openly mocked?

Fr Dan Beeman thanksgiving tweet

Committed to Bold Discipleship Parish Mission - Beloit/Clinton

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Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Kristin Bird - Presenter

“What is your story? That story is a fantastic tool in our world.”


Discovering Your Faith Story is an invitation for you to discover the ways that God has touched your life through your own personal history. More than just a talk, Discovering Your Faith Story is an exercise that invites you to look back at your life and see patterns, events, threads, and institutions that have composed your experiences of God and leads you to a greater awareness of God in daily life.

Kristin Bird is a national Catholic speaker with over 15 years of experience in professional ministry and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies. She is currently serving as Executive Director of Burning Hearts Disciples - a lay apostolate committed to inspiring disciples by walking with people as they grow in relationship with Jesus and His Church.


Below you will find a list of the resource suggestions for this Parish Mission - both those that were availalbe at the resource table and those mentioned by the speaker.  These can be great tools to help you continue to grow in faith after the mission. 

Share Your Story! Tell us about your experience of the mission!

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