Church Life

My New Program for Parents

 

I. BODY OF TRUTH | september 29, 2013



When was the last time you heard a homily on sex or intimacy? They aren't necessarily popular topics in church.

But because of this silence, even faithful Catholics have no clue what the Church thinks about sex and relationships. Some of us have received mixed messages: "Sex is dirty and disgusting, so you should save it for someone that you love." What?!

Maybe this describes you and your spouse. Either way, it's time we catch hold of the gospel's view of sex, marriage, and happiness. 

We need more than abstinence or even chastity. We need a grand, sweeping vision of human love in the divine plan that says "Yes" to the beauty, truth, and goodness in human love. And it's got to be practical to my life, my marriage, and my parenthood.

Welcome to the Theology of the Body. Perfect couples need not attend.

 

II. THE PRICE OF RESTORATION | october 20


Our culture has done an excellent job to market sexual myths to us our entire lives. Buying into these myths can spell disaster for our marriages, our parenthood, and our faith. The most powerful remedy we have is to find and speak the truth to these myths, even if that means shouting at the mirror.

13, 18, maybe even 20 years ago you said "I do". You made a promise that lasts a lifetime, but when you were in your twenties, could you even imagine what life and marriage would be like at 30, 40, or 50 years old?

We return to the wisdom of the Gospels and the Theology of the Body to embrace Christ's grace of redemption and restoration.

After all, you are not your own. You were bought with a price.



III. VOCATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE | november 17


Change the climate of your marriage. Don't let bitter storms crush your hope and rob your joy in relationships. Following Christ as a parent, as a spouse, may be more complicated than going it alone, but you can unleash the sacramental power of your vocation.

Don't let life happen to you. Learn to be a thermostat, and not a thermometer.