Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Bouillon Cubes

We are currently in the middle of a 12-week study entitled "Freedom to Love: Applying the Basics of the Theology of the Body to Everyday Life, Love, and Relationships.

Christopher West, himself, likes to equate approaching this subject, to taking a drink of water from a fire hose. It's beautiful stuff, but it's also pretty dense.

So, here are the first bouillon cubes, of our study. That is, here are the "boiled down, dense, concentrated doses" that really speak to the heart of the matter. 

To start, here's what it's all about:
  • "The vision that this Holy Father has given us about sex, love, freedom, and human relationships is a revolution for the world.
- Christopher West

We're quickly reminded about the universality of the Theology of the Body. After all, if you have a body, the Theology of the Body applies to you. 
  • "Though it focuses on sexual love, the theology of the body affords 'the rediscovery of the meaning of the whole of existence, the meaning of life” (TB, 168)
  • "The call to communion inscribed in our sexuality is 'the fundamental element of human existence in the world.' (TB, 16) 'the foundation of human life” (EA, n. 46), and hence, “the deepest substratum of human ethics and culture” (TB, 163).
If this is truly the case, we begin to see the practical applications of the Theology of the Body that are necessary, in our daily lives. In fact, it turns out that they're greater than we think. 

They're  foundational. And, we soon come to see that we best understand it, if we ever hope to accomplish our goal of building a culture of life. 
  • It is an illusion to think we can build a true culture of human life if we do not… accept and experience sexuality and love and the whole of life according to their true meaning and their close inter-connection” (EV, n. 97)
  • The “choices and actions [of men and women] take on all the weight of human existence in the union of the two.(TB, 376)
It is revolutionary, indeed.  

But, I think that's enough truth, for the moment. After all, it is straight up.  There's no chaser. Let's take some time, and let it settle.