This year we will introduce to our Middle School students Ascension’s Theology of the Body Middle School Edition. In my experience as an educator, I have seen first hand how this program is enlightening and beneficial to our students and their families. Please see the message and links below for more information.
What is the Theology of the Body?
The Theology of the Body refers to the series of 129 lectures given by Blessed Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences in Rome between September 1979 and November 1984. These addresses were later compiled and published as a single work entitled The Theology of the Body According to John Paul II(now called Male and Female He Created Them). The Theology of the Body covers such topics as the bodily dimension of the human person, the nature of human sexuality, the human need for communion, and the nature of marriage.
The Theology of the Body is an articulation of the faith that is intended to enrich the lives of all people. As commentator Emily Stimpson describes it,
The Theology of the Body is more than an exposition of the Church’s teachings on human sexuality. It is, in fact, the Catholic sacramental worldview, understood, structured, and articulated for a culture plagued by a diseased understanding of man. When properly understood and truly lived, that worldview has the power to transform the way men and women understand their bodies and their souls, their masculinity and femininity, their vocation in this life, and their destiny in the next (Franciscan Way, Autumn 2007)
What is the Theology of the Body for Teens program?
Theology of the Body for Teens is the first published curriculum that applies the Theology of the Body to the lives of teens and pre-teens, specifically addressing questions relating to chastity and sexuality. The Middle School Edition is a multifaceted, eight-part program that can be used in a variety of different contexts.
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