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Theology of the Body
Transcript of Theology of the Body
Our problem is not that we overvalue sex, it is that we fail to see just how powerful it really is.
My body and specifically my sexual desires are a hindrance to my Holiness
If you want to know what is most sacred in this world, all you have to do is look at what is most violently profaned.
The Body is a sacrament. It is a sign that makes visible the invisible mystery of God.
"Sex is not just about sex. The way we understand and express our sexuality points to our deepest-held convictions about who we are, who God is, the meaning of love, the ordering of society, and even thing ordering of the universe."
"Sometimes girls are willing to forget their dignity and their deepest longings for the sake of feeling desirable to a man."
Tips from Jason Evert on how to be an authentic man:
-Ask HER out
-Plan ahead for your date
-Open the door for her
-Don't stare at other women, it shows a lack of self-control, respect, and class
-Let her order first
-When the food arrives, you pray
-Don't eat as if your food is going to run away from you
-Take an interest in her
-Keep the conversation pure and avoid gossip
-If you invited her, you should pay
How far is too far?
What if I really love her?
"Love is not merely a feeling; it is an act of will that consists of preferring, in a constant matter, the good of others to the good of oneself."
St. Pope John Paul II
Research collected from over 10,000 women revealed, the sooner a girl becomes sexually active, the more likely she is to suffer one of the following:
-Multiple sexual partners
St. John Chrysostom said that a young husband should say to his bride,
"I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us."
If they're willing to do it, why is it wrong?
How do women react when a man says no?
"If you were going too far with a guy, and he gave you a kiss on the forehead and said, 'I think we need to slow down. I respect you too much to do all this with you, and I want to fall in love with you for all the right reasons,' would you find him more or less attractive?"
A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man must seek Him just to find her. ~Maya Angelou
What's wrong with thinking about it?
God's love is free, total, faithful, and life-giving
What's wrong with fantasizing about sex, as long as I'm not actually doing it?
Unfortunately, most people assume purity is unattainable because they do not understand the difference between sexual desire and lust.
But purity of heart does NOT eliminate sexual attraction
If you can control your thoughts you'll control your words, your eyes, and your actions. God cares about the purity of your thoughts because they reveal the state of your heart. Whatever wins the heart- purity or lust - will win the thoughts, the words, the body, and the soul for eternity.
OK, So, how do I keep my mind pure?
What's wrong with porn? You're not hurting anyone.
How do you be a man?
That is sexual desire and it is NOT sinful.
The point of purity is not to repress our desires and act like they don't exist, but to acknowledge their power and beg for the strength to love as God loves. If we do this, our sexuality won't be something we hide from God. Instead, He will shine through us onto the people we love.
If we never learn to say no to lust, when the day comes for love, our lust will destroy it.
St. Pope John Paul II said God, "assigned as a duty to every man the dignity of every woman."
What if it's just Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition or a Victoria's Secret Magazine, an Abercrombie & Fitch Bag?
What about masturbation?
Marital sex is not the fulfillment of porn or masturbation
Why would God give us these desires and not allow us to act on them?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says,
"The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy."
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13