Docstoc

Love and Responsibility

Document Sample
Love and Responsibility Powered By Docstoc
					Introduction to the Thought of
         John Paul II

        Fr. Richard Hogan
    A New Way to Teach the Faith

n   We need a new way of explaining the faith
    because we do not think in the same
    categories as before
    n “Substance”
    n “Accident”
A New Way to Teach the Faith

     n   The faith according to
         Augustine and Thomas
         n Objective
         n Deductive

         n Principled

     n   Hard to understand the
         language they use


                    Photo credit: www.abcgallery.com, www.aquinasonline.com
A New Way to Teach the Faith

     n   We think
         n Subjectively
         n Inductively

         n Experientially




                    Photo credit: www.abcgallery.com, www.aquinasonline.com
n   We need a third way
    n   John Paul II is giving us that way!




                                        Photo credit: www.time.com
The Significance of
   John Paul II

       Part II
        Significance of John Paul II
n   Pope John Paul II is the next Thomas or
    Augustine
    n Neither he nor John Paul I were expected to
      be chosen in 1978
    n Double Name: John Paul

    n Three Popes in a single year: not since 1648

    n Non-Italian Pope: not since 1523

    n From a Communist country




                     Photo credit: www.time.com, http://papal.library.saint-mike.org
    Significance of John Paul II

n Popularity
n Travels

n Assassination attempt

n Theologian Pope




                          Photo credit: www.time.com, www.staticfriends.com
    Significance of John Paul II
n Significant Influence on Vatican Council
n Significant Influence on Humanae Vitae

n New Code of Canon Law

n Influence and Teaching brought down
  Communist world in Europe
n New Catechism of the Catholic Church
    Significance of John Paul II
n Revising the Liturgy
n Changed the Rosary
   th
n 4 longest lived pope in
  history




                            Photo credit: www.usatoday.com
Theology of the Body

       Part III
We are created like God as persons

n   Are there any other persons besides us?
    n Persons of the Trinity
    n Angels

n   Is a body part of the definition of a
    person?
    n   No.
n   What is the definition of a person?
    n   Mind, will
We are created like God as persons

n   What do we do with these powers?
    n   Think and choose
n   We are like God and the angels in that we
    are persons
n   We are unlike them in that we have bodies
n   We are like the animals and plants in that
    we are living bodies
We are created like God as persons

n   We are a very strange mixture of person
    and body, of spirit and matter
n   We are enfleshed spirits or spiritualized
    bodies
We are created like God as persons
n   Why did God make us?
    n If He wanted more persons in the universe,
      He could have made any number of angels
    n If He wanted more living bodied beings in the
      world- there are any number of animals and
      plants He could have made
    n What is it we bring to the party? What is it
      that is our unique contribution?
We are created like God as persons

n   It is precisely that we are persons with bodies:
    we manifest or show in and through our bodies
    what it means to be a person
n   We manifest personhood in the visible world
n   Not even the angels can do that because they
    do not have bodies
n   Neither can God in the divine nature because in
    the divinity He does not have a body
       We express God Himself

n   When we act as we should and express
    those acts outwardly in and through our
    bodies, our bodies become literally,
    physical icons of God!
n   They are sacred and holy
n   They make visible “what has been has
    been hidden in the invisible God for all
    eternity”
       We express God Himself

n   Our flesh and blood is a vehicle God has
    created for revealing Himself
n   Not as perfectly as Christ revealed the
    Father because His body perfectly
    expressed the Father, but still, when we
    act as we should and express those acts
    outwardly through our bodies, the body is
    a sacrament of God Himself
    This isn’t the way we think of our
                  bodies!
n   We usually do not like everything about
    ourselves: we want to change our bodies –lose
    weight, change hair styles, beauty, etc.
n   The cosmetic, dieting, and exercise industries
    depend on our own dislike of our physical being
n   God likes us – just the way He created us in
    cooperation with our parents
      This isn’t the way our society
    teaches us to think of our bodies!
n   Science fiction movies
    give off the message
    that the body is just a
    machine
    n Persons become
      machines
    n Machines are persons

    n Machine parts and         …Better than he was before…
      human parts are
      interchangeable
                              Photo credit: www.scifi.com, www.jeffbots.com
        Our bodies as machines

n   This causes problems
    n If the body is a thing, a machine which each
      of us owns, we can do whatever we want with
      it
    n If we can own it, someone else can own it,
      too
    n We could rent it out

    n Child abuse would be acceptable

    n Love would disappear
         John Paul II’s Solution

n   John Paul hold out two worlds:
    n World where body is a machine and can be
      used for whatever purpose
    n World where body is sacred and holy because
      it is an expression of the human person, and
      of God Himself
n   Which world do you want to live in?
         John Paul II’s Solution

n   The Human body is world more than the
    sum of its biological parts
n   Through the body and its functions is
    expressed the very mystery of God as well
    as the mystery of each human person
      John Paul II’s Solution
“The habit of confusing the order of existence
 with the biological order, or rather, of allowing
 the second to obscure the first, is part of that
 generalized empiricism which seems to weigh so
 heavily on the mind of modern intellectuals, and
 makes it particularly difficult for them to
 understand the principles on which Catholic
 sexual morality is based.”
                       Pope John Paul II
                       Love and Responsibility
         John Paul II’s Solution

n   There is an order of existence and an
    order of biology. The two are related, but
    distinct
n   The biological order is the creation of
    man’s science – the study of how the body
    works
n   The results of this study when applied to
    the real world, all other aspects of the
    human person must be taken into account
         John Paul II’s Solution

n   Because humanity has created biology and
    can decide what to do with this
    knowledge, humanity “controls” how the
    knowledge is applied
n   If biology is the sum total of the definition
    of man, scientists and physicians can
    seem to be gods – those who control
    human persons
         John Paul II’s Solution

n   There is more to us than biology
    n Person is defined by his or her creation in
      God’s image
    n His or her body is the expression of the
      human person
          Natural Family Planning

n   The body expresses the person, reveals
    who God is
    n   The body “speaks a language”
n   The language the body speaks is
    personhood
n   This language can be read
n   Some aspects of the body speak with
    more clarity than others
        Natural Family Planning

n   Since we are created to act like God and
    God loves, we care called to love
n   Sexual powers are primary way of
    expressing love in and through the body
n   These powers speak with a clarity that
    almost no other aspect of our bodies do.
        Natural Family Planning

n   Sexual powers reveal more about each
    human person and the mystery of God
    than the study of any other aspect of the
    human body.
n   Sexual powers speak the language of love
n   Most human act – most God-like act
        Natural Family Planning

n   NFP is the study of the sexual powers of
    the human person
    n Study of the language they speak
    n Reveals the dignity of the human person

    n Reveals the mystery of the spouse
        Natural Family Planning

n   Knowledge gained from the study of this
    language
    n Discovery of human dignity
    n Leads to awe and wonder at the gift of the
      other to oneself
    n Leads to gratitude and love in proper mode

n   NFP leads to proper love in the context of
    marriage and virtue
Sins against the Human Body
    n   Lust
    n   Pornography
    n   Intimate Touching
    n   Masturbation
    n   Extramarital Sexual Activity
    n   Divorce and Remarriage
    n   Contraception and sterilization
    n   Artificial Reproductive Techniques
    n   Abortion
    n   Homosexual Activities
Theology of the Family

    Familiaris Consortio
          Part IV
           Theology of the Family
n   We are created in God’s Image to act as God
    acts
n   Christ, as God the Son made man, shows us
    who God is and how God acts.
n   Christ shows us how to love
n   There is only one way to love – the way God
    loves
n   How does God love? How does Christ love?
n   The greatest example of His love is His Passion,
    Death, Resurrection
             Theology of the Family

n   In His Passion we see the characteristics of Love
    n   Act of His will “Not my will but thine be done”
         n He united His will with the Father in full freedom

         n Not subservient like a child – but a mature choice
           in total freedom to give Himself to the Father and
           a free choice to do what the Father asked because
           HE wanted to do that
         n This is why obedience is not a horrible word
             Theology of the Family

n   In His Passion we see the characteristics of Love
    n   Act of His will “Not my will but thine be done”
         n Not the obedience of a good little child – because
           the child is not yet capable of love. The child is
           responding to a benevolent dictatorship of the
           parents
         n Obedience in the sense of the Gospel is the Result
           of love – otherwise it would be offensive to the
           human person who is created as autonomous
             Theology of the Family

n   In His Passion we see the characteristics of Love
    n   Act of His will “Not my will but thine be done”
         n Christ freely autonomously chose to love and
           therefore to do what the Father asked
         n Love is a union of wills freely chosen and therefore
           St. Paul can legitimately ask lovers to obey each
           other – because they have freely chosen to love
           each other.
             Theology of the Family

n   In His Passion we see the characteristics of Love
    n   The reason for choosing to unite one’s will with
        another is the knowledge of the other’s dignity and
        value
    n   Christ knew that we were created to be with God
        forever in heaven – He knew our value given to us by
        the Father in the act of creation.
    n   Similarly, we love – unite our wills – because we
        recognize in those we love their incredible value and
        dignity
             Theology of the Family

n   In His Passion we see the characteristics of Love
    n   Love is a self-gift. The choice is to give oneself.
        Obviously, Christ did that on the cross – what more
        could He have given.
    n   It is permanent – Christ is always and for all eternity
        the Lamb of God who bears the marks of His Passion.
        Furthermore, He did not spend an hour on the cross
        and then say, “That’s enough!” No, He gave Himself
        to the very end – a permanent gift.
    n   Love is life-giving. When Christ loved us, He gave us
        the life of grace
              Theology of the Family
n   Love is
    n   And act of the will
    n   Based on the knowledge of the dignity and value of
        the one or those loved
    n   The act of the will is the choice ot give oneself to
        another or to others
    n   This gift is permanent
    n   Life-giving
n   If one does not have all five – it is not love
n   If one is not loving, one is using
             Theology of the Family
n   Procreation must always be included in a loving
    act
    n   Physical love must be potentially physically life-giving
        – because if it is not it is use
    n   It is not unitive and procreative – it is unitive (which
        must also be life-giving because without life, it is not
        unitive (i.e., loving)
    n   Solves the problem why can’t we be just unitive or
        just procreative – like bacon and eggs?
    n   With love, it has not the potential for life, it is not
        love.
    Theology of the Family
n   Sins against love
    n   Lust
    n   Pornography
    n   Intimate Touching
    n   Masturbation
    n   Extramarital Sexual Activity
    n   Divorce and Remarriage
    n   Contraception and Sterilization
    n   Artificial Reproductive Techiques
    n   Abortion
    n   Homosexual Activities
                            Photo Credits
n   Time Magazine
     n   www.time.com
n   USA Today
     n   www.usatoday.com
n   StaticFriends.com
     n   www.staticfriends.com
n   Sci-fi Channel
     n   www.scifi.com
n   ABC gallery
     n   www.abcgallery.com
n   Aquinas Online
     n   www.aquinasonline.com
n   St. Michael Cyber Scriptorium
     n   http://Papal.library.saint-mike.org
n   www.jeffbots.com

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:4
posted:12/9/2013
language:Unknown
pages:44