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The “Theology of the Body” refers to a series of 133 talks given by Pope Saint John Paul II from September 1979 to November 1984 at the Vatican as part of his catechetical service to the Church. Taken together they fill a 600 page book and every other Theology of the Body resource is essentially an unpacking of what the Holy Father has delivered in these talks.
The core of Theology of the Body can be summed up in the statement “Gift expresses the essential truth of the human body.” It affirms that our sexuality is the ability to love and be loved, in and through our bodies, and that this “spousal meaning” actually reflects the very nature of who God is as a communion of Persons, as Love. TOB speaks positively about the body, sexuality and sexual pleasure but it does so always in the context of the truth of God’s design as theology. (It is not biology.)
Theology of the Body for Teens: High School Edition by Ascension Press
Sex and the Teenager: Choices and Decisions by Sr. Kieran Sawyer
Learning about L.I.F.E.: Love, Infatuation, Friendship, Exploitation by Sr. Kieran Sawyer and Kathy Amadei
Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition by Ascension Press
Freedom to Love by Christopher West
You Tube Clips by Jason Evert and Others
Blog, Books and Events Offered by Christopher West
Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family by the Pontifical Council for the Family
Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living by the USCCB
How Far Can We Go and Other Resources by Leah Perrault
ToB Resources from the Diocese of Oakland
For questions, please contact Jayne Mondoy, Director, Office of Religious Education: Email or call 808.203.6745.