Decoding
Love 101

Introductory sessions to The Theology of the Body according to St. John Paul II

At the heart of the desire to be happy and free

Every day, social media, advertisements and entertainment present us with countless images of sex unhindered by any limits or rules promising happiness and freedom. However, in our experience, we seem more confused than ever about sexuality and the relationship between men and women. Is there anyone who can help us navigate through this constant bombardment of ideas and images to develop a mature and free sexuality? Is it possible to be happy today? Is it possible that our desires for love and intimacy are not only good and holy, but truly designed by God?

In his teaching on the theology of the body, St. John Paul II responded to the heart of young people’s desire to be happy and free. He proposes a vision of life and love that can help us navigate the mixed messages we receive today about sexuality and happiness. This exciting vision offers timeless and profound answers to the questions many of us ask ourselves:

►Why were we created men and women?
►Where do we come from and why?
►What is the meaning of life? How do we experience it?
► How do I discover “body language” and how it can help me discover the meaning of my life?
►Is the Church’s teaching on sexuality still relevant today?

Sessions

In four evening sessions, we will explore the key principles of body theology. Together we will discover how God’s mysterious plan for our lives is revealed by our bodies and by the call to love. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended to ensure maximum understanding and learning of the content.

 

October 1, 2019 – 7PM

What does theology have to do with my body? A bold proposal!

In this course, we will explore what it means to have a “theology” of the human body. What does God, “theology”, have to do with something so “carnal” as the body? In a culture permeated by sexuality and the message of unhindered freedom, we will ask ourselves what relevance a theology of the body has in our lives today with all their beauty and challenges.
October 8, 2019 – 7PM

The three B’s: the beginning, the bible and the body

The bible opens with these words: “In the beginning….”, and goes on the give us the accounts of the creation of man and woman. What do these ancient stories have to do with our lives today? In a dialogue between these ancient stories and our own experiences, we’ll explore why we are created male and female and how the desire to love and be loved is written into our very selves from creation.
October 22, 2019 – 7PM

“My achy breaky heart”: A heart wounded in love

The story of Genesis reaches its climax in the “fall” of Adam and Eve, when they lose their trust in the goodness of God and eat the shiny apple. The ripple effects of this event reach us in our own heart, and make us vulnerable to being hurt and to hurting those we love. In this course we learn about shame and the fragility of love, and how it impacts our lives, clouding over but not destroying our God given capacity and call to love.
October 29, 2019 – 7PM

“What are you looking for?”

These are the first words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of John: in this simple question, we can see that Jesus comes to fulfil our deepest desires and to heal our wounded hearts. He doesn’t impose himself on us but respects our freedom. In this course we will explore Jesus Christ as the divine healer of our hearts and the journey of love that a deep relationship with him makes possible. We will also learn how the person of Jesus, God-made-flesh, reveals to us the deepest meaning of our bodies… in his gift of self throughout his life and on the cross. He is the theology of the body incarnate!

VENUE

2000 Sherbrooke Street O.
Montreal, QC H3H 1G4
LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE
VIA DU FORT STREET
GUY-CONCORDIA METRO

Archdiocese of Montreal

In partnership with the Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and the Family

These dynamic sessions will be led for by graduates of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Katerine Perrault, MTS and Ellen Roderick, PhD. They will be offered in French and English. They will be available in French and English.

Registration

Mission Jeunesse MTL is mandated by the Archbishop to put young people at the forefront of the life and mission of the Church so that they can discover and share their full potential and actively enrich their communities.

2000 Sherbrooke Street O.
Montreal, QC H3H 1G4
jeunesse@diocesemontreal.org
(514) 925-4300