One of the events we were able to attend during WYD08 was Theology of the Body presented by Christopher West. A talk based on John Paul ll series of talks given between September of 1979 and November of 1984 – A papal study of human sexuality.
“By helping us understand this profound interconnection between sex and the Christian mystery, John Paul’s theology of the body not only paves the way for lasting renewal of marriage and the family; it enables everyone to rediscover “the meaning of the whole of existence, the meaning of life” (TOB 46:6).
Of the three talks given by Christopher West I only attended one and my son attended two of them. It was an event not to be missed. The youth of today are hungry for the truth & here they were given a portion of that truth that will most certainly set them free …. freer than the world would lead them to believe. Our youth do want to live the right way, and as seen in the WYD08 event, thousands of youth turned up to these events – they are enthusiastic to know this truth and to come to realise the value of their body.
The truth has always been in existence but it has not been known as such or understood. In fact it’s been misunderstood …. or misinterpreted, or both. This is unfortunate as it could have been so different for all of us, especially women. I wish this knowledge was available during my youth as it certainly would have made a difference in my own life. But God’s timing is perfect and it’s never to late to learn of it. It is refreshing to see the enthusiasm from the youth (from anyone who attended) for this knowlegde.
Christopher West is a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute. To learn more take some time to visit these sites and you will be in for an amazing surprise.
Theology of the Body Institute
This site lists all 129 talks given by John Paul ll on Theology of the Body.
John Paul ll’s Theology of the Body