What is ToB?

11 11 2009

Plenty of us have felt confused in similar ways. In the words for one musician, “Life in Lubocck, Texas taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.”

Sound familiar?

When you hear about “the Catholic Church’s teaching in sexuality,” what comes to mind? Maybe it’s something like this: ” Give up everything you really want and follow all these miserable rules or you’re going to hell.”

If you can relate to this, then you’ll be relieved to learn that ToB is not a list of rules. Rather, it’s a map that answers these questions, among many others:

  1. Who am I?
  2. What is my purpose in life?
  3. Why did God make me a male or a female?
  4. How can I find true happiness here on earth?
  5. How can I find love that really satisfies me?

The ToB helps us learn to receive God’s love so we can give and receive it with others in our lives. Instead of seeing the body as bad or dirty, and treating our sexual desires like they should be repressed or ignored, the ToB reveals that our body and its desires actually point us to the meaning of LIFE!

So, if you wish to find love and be free, hear the good news: the truth will definitely set you free – free to love and live like never before. God’s plan for life and love is so profound and beautiful that, once it is revealed to us, we’ll never look the same way at the relationship between a man and woman.

When we see the truth about our bodies  and the truth about sex, we change our lives not as a result of persuasion, guilt, fear of pregnancy or disease, or because we have to, but because God’s view of love is everything that the human heart longs for. But it’s not enough that we long  to receive this kind of love. We must learn how to give it.

Coming back to the question,

What is ToB? -→ It is a study of God and the purpose of our existence, as discovered and revealed through our bodies.

Next week we’ll be looking at Chapter 1: Created for Love.

Dominus vobiscum et cum spiritu tuo!

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