>Theology of the Body and Catechetics


Workshop: Theology of the Body and Catechetics
Katrina Zeno
A Christo-centric – Trinitarian Symphony
  • TOB is a symphony where various parts contribute to the whole
  • There is a dramatic emphasis of the PIANO: Which is JPII Theological anthropology
  • Dramatic presentation of the human person as a sacramental person in a sacramental world
Materialism: What is real is what is tangible to me: what I can see, experience or touch
— and we are trying to move them to a sacramental world view
TOB: Read this and you will come out with a sacramental world view!
The human person cannot find himself except through a sincere gift of self
TOB and Catechetics: The universal questions of human life
  • What is my purpose?
  • Who am I?
  • Why was I created?
  • What’s my final end?
Heart of Catechesis: we find a person: the Person of Jesus of Nazareth
  • reference is Jesus
  • Proclaim Jesus Christ
  • ALSO, we lead people to the Father, through the power of HS: TRINITARIAN!
CCC 234: Christo-centric and Trinitarian
  • This is good Catechesis!
  • Even in TOB, it must be both
TOB divided in half:
  1. Words of Christ
    1. Before Original Sin
    2. After Original Sin
    3. Who we will be in Heaven
  2. The Sacrament of Marriage
    1. Sacrament of Marriage
    2. Humanae Vitae
Understand JP II and Catechetics: Jesus Christ is the center of the Universe and of history
Genesis 1: 27 – a big, packed suitcase. And TOB uses to unpack Geneses 1: 27. What does it mean that we are made in the image and likeness of a Trinitarian God?
How we understand God is how we understand ourselves. Because we know we are made in His image and likeness.
  • We see God as a vending machine
  • We put in prayers, and expect to get the answer to prayers
  • If we don’t get it, then we walk away… mad
Trinity: Father pours Himself out as gift to Son. Son pours Himself out as gift to Father. Holy Spirit bursts forth as embodiment of total self-giving of Father and Son.
Keyword: GIFT
Hermeneutic of the gift: The concept of gift is the central reference point to understand reality
  • Got is from GS 24 (Gaudium et Spes)
  • Man cannot find himself except through a sincere gift of himself
Today we have the hermeneutic of power: Whoever has the power, wins. hermeneutic of choice. – “I” becomes the central point.
A sincere gift of self can only be done through the BODY!
TOB means: The body reveals God!
As Catechists: USE ALL YOUR SENSES! Get all SENSES involved! – engage the whole person
God gave us a body to reflect him!
  • Just like how we see the reflection of mountains in a lake.
  • Even if we do not see the mountains, we can see the mountains through their reflection
Love is a gift!
If God is love, God is a gift! A total gift!
When you look at your body in the mirror, you should see God as a gift!
  • If you struggle with it, imagine what younger people see
  • We should see God
  • Get used to your body, it will be with you for all eternity: It will be raised and glorified
  • It really matters what you do with your matter. Your body is a tabernacle, it is a reflection of God
Speak the word of God, in season and out of season
  • Ashes must be buried. Cannot be scattered or displayed
  • Treat the body with dignity even after death
  • Cremation only if you do not doubt the reality of the body being raised
Parents are primary educators
  • Understand the framework to be able to explain the questions of kids
  • Abortion, Pornography, Masturbation, Making Out, etc : Reduces our bodies to OBJECTS

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