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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.

 

These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the BOdy

These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the BOdy

by Emily Stimpson

The theology of the body is a theology for the rooms where we make love. But it’s also a theology for the rooms where we work, where we eat, where we laugh, and where we pray.

These Beautiful Bones takes you on a walk through those rooms. With both humor and practical wisdom, it sheds light on what the theology of the body has to say about life beyond the bedroom—about the everyday moments that make up a life—helping you discover how to let grace enter into those moments and make of them something extraordinary.

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Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love

Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love

by Edward Sri

Edward Sri unpacks the Love and Responsibility (St. John Paul II’s pre-cursor to the Theology of the Body), making it accessible to all. He helps readers appropriate practical information on such topics as: authentic love; the problem with pornography; the meaning of friendship; how to achieve greater intimacy in marriage; and more. Study questions make this a valuable resource for personal and group study.

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Love & Responsibility

Love & Responsibility

by Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)

Love and Responsibility is Karol Wojtyla's groundbreaking book on human love. In this classic work, which was a precursor to his series of addresses that became knows as the Theology of the Body, Wojtyla explains relationships between persons, especially concerning sexual ethics, in the perspective of the true meaning of love.

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Healing the Whole Person

Healing the Whole Person

by John Paul II Healing Institute

Experience Jesus in His mission of healing on a retreat or by ordering the audio talks. Physical, spiritual and emotional healing, central to the Church’s life and 2,000 year tradition, come to life today. The uniquely engaging format will help you see and experience God’s healing love through teaching, prayer, personal reflection, adoration and the Sacraments.

The mission of the John Paul II Healing Institute is to promote and inspire transformation in the heart of the Church, by healing and equipping God’s people for the New Evangelization. This mission is fulfilled in the very heart of the Church, helping people activate the fullness of their sacramental graces, while transforming their lives.

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Divine Adoption: Bios/Psyche/Zoe References

Divine Adoption: Bios/Psyche/Zoe References

by Sr. Marie Kolbe Zamora

Theologian and evangelist Sr. Marie Kolbe Zamora has created a Scriptural reference booklet to help explain and outline the implications of Divine Adoption and the anatomy of a soul - bios/psyche/zoe.

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Suscipe Prayer

Suscipe Prayer

by St. Ignatius of Loyola

Although it doesn’t use the word, the Suscipe is, in the end, about love. As Ignatius introduces the prayer in a section entitled “Contemplation to Attain the Love of God,” he defines love in the same way as St. John Paul II does in his Theology of the Body. Love is about what Ignatius calls a “mutual sharing of goods.” Love, in other words, is to be a gift of self.

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Theology of the Body Resource Guide

Theology of the Body Resource Guide

by Burning Hearts Disciples

We've created a Resource Guide to help guide you in understanding and appreciation of St. John Paul II's beautiful teaching on the Theology of the Body.

INSIDE THIS GUIDE

  • What Is Theology of the Body?
  • So What? What Does Theology of the Body Have to Do With Me?
  • Theology of the Body for Children
  • Video & Audio Resources
  • Print Resources
  • Web-Based Resources
  • Family Resources

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