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CFC Laguna Holds Theology Of The Body Weekend
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:31-32).

The weekend of March 16-17, 2014 enabled some 133 participants to rediscover the biblical meaning of life and sexuality through the Theology of the Body  (TOB) Weekend. This activity, hosted by Couples for Christ Laguna through its CFC Gift of Life ministry, was held at the Carmelite Missionaries Center for Spirituality in Tagaytay City. Fr. Joel O. Jason, Head of  the Commission on Family and Life  of the Archdiocese of Manila and Dean of the Graduate School of Theology, San Carlos Seminary was main speaker, assisted by Aldy and Joy Katigbak, CFC Gift of Life national coordinators.

The service team was composed of Cesar and Bella Cas and Erwin and Lou Pambuan of the CFC Laguna Pastoral Formation Group. Participants consisted of 8 couples from Manila and AGT of Pangasinan, and from Laguna, 95 heads from CFC, 21 from SFC, 2 from YFC and 3 from HOLD.

Fr. Joel defined Theology of the Body as a study about God revealed through and in the human body. TOB came from a series of 129 talks given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences in the early part of his pontificate, from 1979 to 1984. It consisted of biblical reflections on God’s design for creating us male and female, love, marriage, and sexuality. In the TOB weekend, these were condensed and were very inspiringly and powerfully presented by Fr. Joel into 5 sessions, namely:
  • Introduction- What is the Theology of the Body?
  • Man and Woman He Created Them (Our Origin)
  • Man and Woman He Redeemed Them (Our History)
  • The Resurrection of the Body (Our Destiny)
  • Living Out the Theology of the Body, Questions on Sexual Morality

The TOB talks were complemented with personal testimonies and reflections, couple sharing and a film showing, ending with the celebration of the Holy Mass.


The basic knowledge on TOB gave the participants a new perspective on the “why's behind the what's” of basic Catholic teachings on marriage and sexuality, and how these can be applied to their lives as married or single persons. For all the participants, the weekend brought not only the refreshing experience of the cool wind and serene beauty of God’s creation in scenic Tagaytay. Much more so, it left a powerful message of hope and renewal through the “gospel of the body”. (Bella Cas)

 

Added on Saturday, April 5, 2014



 

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