Theology of the Body for Teens

“Man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.” A gift that mankind has received through God, the Creator of the living.

Dec 07, 2018

By Melanie Lyn Theseira & Nicholas Chin
“Man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.” A gift that mankind has received through God, the Creator of the living. It is a blessing to have that gift, but to misuse it is a loss to the meaning of the gift.

The “Theology of The Body For Teens” has enabled me to understand God’s Plan for Love and Life. Our catechists guided us, the Form V students of the Church of The Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary, through this programme for about six months.

“Who am I?” We often find ourselves asking. “Am I useful or a burden?” “What’s my true purpose here?”

We are God’s remarkable creation but, through our weakness we fall and by divine grace, are healed.

We learned that The Theology of the Body, also known as TOB, is the study of God and the purpose of our existence through the discovery and revelation of our being. Lesson 1 states that mankind is created for love. It is God’s Love that we have been designed for communion with Him and each other. This reveals to us how our being is able to teach us profound truths about ourselves and the very purpose of our lives.

We need not fear being lonely, for God is always with us. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I willing to give myself entirely to God?”

In Lesson 2 on Love Defined: Giving versus Using, we differentiate between “Love and Lust.’ Love is not just a mere feeling but an act of the will that places the good of others before oneself. God’s Love is sincere and unconditional as He sacrificed Himself for the sake of mankind’s redemption. In contrast, lust treats another person as an object of desire, that is, it is for self-gratification.

There is hope and redemption in Christ. The sacrifice that Jesus went through for the purpose of atoning for mankind’s sins offers us hope and healing for our pain and regret of the past. TOB has opened our eyes that the everyday hope from the grace of our Father provides help and support that allows us to start anew and progress towards heaven and the fullness of redemption.

In Lesson Five of the TOB, we learned that God blessed mankind with the free will to choose between good and evil. To many people, this marvellous gift has been greatly misused. Freedom, according to the world, is to do everything we want. But what is true freedom? It is the ability to desire and choose good.

Based on TOB, freedom is connected to the Truth. Accept one’s true self as well as seek the truth in the Lord who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Let us not hurt ourselves anymore and live in the Truth. Our ultimate purpose in life is to live in communion with God and with each other in heaven.

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