Youth New Evangelization
& Spiritual Renewal Seminar Series
Lets talk about LOVE
Jesus' apostles well understood the importance
of love and taught that God is Love. Often times they reflected
on love somewhere in their catholic letters, Ex: 1 Corinthians, 1 John,
... etc. The virtue of love gives us the power to return to God the love
He shares with us. But, what is this love?
|Love (charity, agape) is a strong affection
and warm attachment, or unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for others.
Love in this definition is comprised of
three different types of love, or perhaps, three different applications
of the same affection:
1) Erotic love - the physical
love between husband and his wife. It further contains:
2) Filial love - maternal or
paternal love. The highest of human love possible. It is:
Actual affection - of varying
intensity which may increase, decrease or be unchanged with age and time.
Lust (the physical attraction
between man and woman) - is under hormonal control and decreases with age
3) Divine love - God's love
for us. It is unconditional, steadfast and very intensive.
Actual affection - of varying
intensity, and unchanged with age or time.
Once after her complicated surgery, a woman
was thought to have died as she fell into a deep coma. Doctors were able
to save her life however, and after she recovered a few weeks later, she
described her experience to her doctors and friends. Such experiences are
clinically termed "Near Death Experience". As she described
it, one of her experiences during her comatose state was an extremely intensive
sensation of love for all beings. Perhaps, for a moment God allowed this
patient to experience the same love He Himself feels towards us.
In the Catholic Church the sacrament of marriage
unites a baptized man and a baptized woman to love each other and bring
forth children into this World and the Church.
Typically, at this point I ask my audience
these two questions having them to ponder upon them:
Any answers yet?
Q1 Why do people get married?
Q2 Is sexual relationship between a
man and a woman a sin?
God and sexuality
Now we, as a Church put much emphasis on married
life leading to erroneous assumption that extra-marital relationships are
not important to God. In fact, God never defined "marriage".
Reading any scripture attentively and thoroughly highlights the fact that
God has never condemned love between a man and a woman, but He has always
put much emphasis on responsible sexuality, which is based
on LOVE rather than pure lust.
|Sexual intercourse between man and woman is
the summit of LOVE and trust between the two. It is
connected to enormous responsibility and accountability for one another.
In fact during Her apparition in Marmora,
Ontario number of years ago Our Blessed Mother reminded us
through the visionary Dory Tan: "Human sexuality is the gift of God,
and as such should not be abused".
Spiritual Renewal Index | Catechism
Grades 5 & 6 | New
Evangelization | Seminar
Outline | Mary's
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