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Anyone practice the Devotion to the Divine Mercy or Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II? They are both very important to me and want to know if others are aware of them.

Mick

Feb 12th 2013 new

(Quote) Mick-929473 said: Anyone practice the Devotion to the Divine Mercy or Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II? The...
(Quote) Mick-929473 said:

Anyone practice the Devotion to the Divine Mercy or Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II? They are both very important to me and want to know if others are aware of them.

Mick

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Yes to the devotion to the Divine Mercy. I'm not sure what you mean by practice the Theology of the Body, but I have read 1 book by Pope John Paul and 1 book by someone else (can't remember the name) about it and totally agree with Pope John Paul's wisdom! As for the Divine Mercy, we have a shrine to it (affiliated with the National Shrine) in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago. You might want to look at their website to see the beautiful statue of Mary that was commissioned for the Church.

Feb 12th 2013 new
Hi Mick,

I've studied Theology of the Body for several years, it is a passion of mine. I'm actually thinking about attending the T.O.B. immersion course held by Christopher West at the T.O.B. institute in Pennsylvania. If you are not familiar with it, they have a web site and lots of great information:-)
Feb 12th 2013 new

(Quote) Erin-419365 said: Hi Mick, I've studied Theology of the Body for several years, it is a passion of mine. I'...
(Quote) Erin-419365 said: Hi Mick,

I've studied Theology of the Body for several years, it is a passion of mine. I'm actually thinking about attending the T.O.B. immersion course held by Christopher West at the T.O.B. institute in Pennsylvania. If you are not familiar with it, they have a web site and lots of great information:-) [/quote]


What would u say are the important parts of TOB? This is my understanding:

[quote]Erin-419365 said: Hi Mick,

I've studied Theology of the Body for several years, it is a passion of mine. I'm actually thinking about attending the T.O.B. immersion course held by Christopher West at the T.O.B. institute in Pennsylvania. If you are not familiar with it, they have a web site and lots of great information:-)

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What would u say are the important parts of TOB? This is my understanding:


- There is a male and female perspective and both need to be respected.

- A marriage is supposed to be a mutual self-giving.

- Avoid "objectifying" people by degrading them as purely sexual objects.

- Avoid extra-marital sexual sins.

- The human person is both BODY and SPIRIT. That is why there is a "resurrection of the body." Because our bodies are just as important to God as our spirit.

- Thinking that the spirit is more important to God than the body or that the body is more important than the spirit is incorrect. Both are equal.

- Eros is transformed by ethos (passion and purity) to create a more passionate love. "It is necessary to rediscover continually in what is erotic, the nuptial meaning of the body and the true dignity of the gift." Healy, Mary (2011-06-30). Men And Women Are From Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body (p. 46).

- Avoid all forms of pornography (it is objectification of people and a false form of eroticism).

- Dress moderately.

Feb 12th 2013 new

(Quote) Patricia-29176 said: Yes to the devotion to the Divine Mercy. I'm not sure what you mean by practice the The...
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Yes to the devotion to the Divine Mercy. I'm not sure what you mean by practice the Theology of the Body, but I have read 1 book by Pope John Paul and 1 book by someone else (can't remember the name) about it and totally agree with Pope John Paul's wisdom! As for the Divine Mercy, we have a shrine to it (affiliated with the National Shrine) in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago. You might want to look at their website to see the beautiful statue of Mary that was commissioned for the Church.

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What would u say are the important parts of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy? This is my understanding:


- Tell others of Jesus' Mercy.

- Always be loving and merciful to others especially sinners.

- Access the sacraments they are forms of Jesus' Mercy.

- Venerate the "Image of the Divine Mercy" it protects us from the evil of the world.

- Do not fear the enemies of our salvation but have faith and trust in Jesus.

- Beg for Jesus' Mercy when we sin: it glorifies Him.

- Offer up suffering, persecution, abuse and disgrace to Jesus; it glorifies Him.

- Sensitiveness and discouragement are fruits of self-love.

- Do not fret; it tends only to evil.

- Practice humility and purity (of heart).


- Also, the Church teaches us the Corporal and Spiritual forms of Mercy.



Mick

Feb 12th 2013 new

(Quote) Mick-929473 said: (Quote) Patricia-29176 said: Yes to the devotion to the Divine Mercy. I...
(Quote) Mick-929473 said:

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Patricia-29176 said:


Yes to the devotion to the Divine Mercy. I'm not sure what you mean by practice the Theology of the Body, but I have read 1 book by Pope John Paul and 1 book by someone else (can't remember the name) about it and totally agree with Pope John Paul's wisdom! As for the Divine Mercy, we have a shrine to it (affiliated with the National Shrine) in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago. You might want to look at their website to see the beautiful statue of Mary that was commissioned for the Church.


What would u say are the important parts of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy? This is my understanding:


- Tell others of Jesus' Mercy.

- Always be loving and merciful to others especially sinners.

- Access the sacraments they are forms of Jesus' Mercy.

- Venerate the "Image of the Divine Mercy" it protects us from the evil of the world.

- Do not fear the enemies of our salvation but have faith and trust in Jesus.

- Beg for Jesus' Mercy when we sin: it glorifies Him.

- Offer up suffering, persecution, abuse and disgrace to Jesus; it glorifies Him.

- Sensitiveness and discouragement are fruits of self-love.

- Do not fret; it tends only to evil.

- Practice humility and purity (of heart).


- Also, the Church teaches us the Corporal and Spiritual forms of Mercy.



Mick

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I almost forgot:

Pray the "Chaplet" (if you pray the Chaplet with a sick or dying person in mind both receive the same grace: Jesus will protect them at the moment of death.)

Pray the "Novena to the Divine Mercy" starting Good Friday and Ending Divine Mercy Sunday (It removes all sin and punishment if prayed in conjunction with the sacrament of confession and true repentance of heart).

St. Faustina kept a diary of her conversations with Jesus; actually the Triune God as a whole and the Virgin Mary and it is available to read.


Mick

Feb 13th 2013 new
Hi Mick.

Yes, I agree with the points that you made, definitely, and I too share your desire for spreading the message of T.O.B. The reason that I am so passionate about T.O.B. Is that it literally explodes the myths that our culture has constructed regarding sexuality. I love a quote that I heard ( think it was said by George WeigeL) and I'm para phrasing....that Theology of the Body is a time bomb that is set to go off in our generation! It turns the culture of death on it's head by exposing all of the lies and deception that is the current popular " wisdom" concerning sexuality and the roles of men and women. T.O.B. Shows us, in the most breath taking terms, the staggering importance of AUTHENTIC masculinity and femininity. One of things that is "pure genius" about the teaching of T.O.B. is how Pope John Paul ll articulates the meaning of the awesome dignity of the human person! For anyone who is looking for resources, books, DVD's, etc...the best selection that I know of is at Our Father's Will Media. God bless!!
Feb 13th 2013 new

(Quote) Mick-929473 said: (Quote) Erin-419365 said: Hi Mick, I've studied Theology of the Body f...
(Quote) Mick-929473 said:

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Erin-419365 said: Hi Mick,

I've studied Theology of the Body for several years, it is a passion of mine. I'm actually thinking about attending the T.O.B. immersion course held by Christopher West at the T.O.B. institute in Pennsylvania. If you are not familiar with it, they have a web site and lots of great information:-) [/quote]


What would u say are the important parts of TOB? This is my understanding:

[quote]Erin-419365 said: Hi Mick,

I've studied Theology of the Body for several years, it is a passion of mine. I'm actually thinking about attending the T.O.B. immersion course held by Christopher West at the T.O.B. institute in Pennsylvania. If you are not familiar with it, they have a web site and lots of great information:-)



What would u say are the important parts of TOB? This is my understanding:


- There is a male and female perspective and both need to be respected.

- A marriage is supposed to be a mutual self-giving.

- Avoid "objectifying" people by degrading them as purely sexual objects.

- Avoid extra-marital sexual sins.

- The human person is both BODY and SPIRIT. That is why there is a "resurrection of the body." Because our bodies are just as important to God as our spirit.

- Thinking that the spirit is more important to God than the body or that the body is more important than the spirit is incorrect. Both are equal.

- Eros is transformed by ethos (passion and purity) to create a more passionate love. "It is necessary to rediscover continually in what is erotic, the nuptial meaning of the body and the true dignity of the gift." Healy, Mary (2011-06-30). Men And Women Are From Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body (p. 46).

- Avoid all forms ofpornography (it is objectification of people and a false form of eroticism).

- Dress moderately.

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Let me add:

The promises of the TOB: more intimate passion during erotic love is a gift from the Spirit. It only comes to those sufficiently advanced in their faith; those that practice temperance and are not lukewarm in their faith.


Mick

Feb 16th 2013 new

(Quote) Mick-929473 said: Anyone practice the Devotion to the Divine Mercy or Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II? The...
(Quote) Mick-929473 said:

Anyone practice the Devotion to the Divine Mercy or Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II? They are both very important to me and want to know if others are aware of them.

Mick

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I have been part of a Divine Mercy Cenacle for almost three years. We meet weekly and follow a manual which includes readings from the Diary of St Faustina, Scripture and the CCC. At the end we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Once a month we provide a potluck meal to the local Catholic Worker House. This constitutes a corporal act of mercy the group took on.

I have studied Theology of the Body a little. I went through the Teen course with my daughter when she was a teenager.

Feb 17th 2013 new

The devotion to the Divine Mercy and reading St. Faustina's Diary have profoundly changed my life and the way I understand God. I started with it in 2010 although I'd been aware of it for many years previously. That Diary is amazing. I keep it on my nightstand along with The Little Flower's "Story of a Soul", Theresa of Avila's "Interior Castle", and the "Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi". Praying the Chaplet is a moving and rewarding way of loving God and putting myself in the right position in relation to Him. I am asking over and over and He is so willing to pour out His mercy.



TOB is a very positive development and one that was long overdue. JPII was trying to debunk the bias against sex by stating unequivocally that sex between spouses done in the right spirit and manner is a sacred and wonderful thing. I'm not sure how it's possible to have a devotion to it, but I'm certain that anyone who is married or contemplating marriage should become aware of this.


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