By Christine Vincent
Who am I? How should I live?
As one of his most important gifts to humanity, Saint John Paul II gave us the framework within which we can explore these two universal questions. This framework is called the Theology of the Body, and it teaches that God wrote the Gospel into our bodies. This is what it means to be created in God’s image! When you study the Theology of the Body, you learn to view all things, both secular and divine, in a new light.
Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, and the Catholic Community Foundation, a team of ten young adults from the Diocese of San Jose attended Echo, a Theology of the Body retreat run by Dumb Ox Ministries. We gathered in the Louisiana heat to immerse ourselves, not only in the beauty of this powerful teaching, but also in the mystery of the sacraments and the energizing spirit of community. For six days, we studied and prayed, worshiped and rested with young adults from across the country and abroad.
Although the retreat itself was a powerful journey for each of us on the team, we are even more excited to begin our next journey: sharing the Theology of the Body with our Diocese. Our team will spend this Fall discerning how God is calling us to integrate this teaching into the different facets of our faith community.
God “is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and He has destined us to share in that exchange.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 221).
The heart of the Theology of the Body is this radical love story that God has written for all humanity. It is the story of our destiny to share in the Trinitarian exchange of love. What a joy it will be learning to read this divine story together!
For more information visit www.dsj.org/yam