Made for More: A Plea from Father Paul

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Brothers and Sisters, Husbands and Wives, Mothers and Fathers, Teachers and Catechists, Priest and Religious,

The reason why I have been so passionate about promoting the MADE FOR MORE event with Christopher West and Mike Mangione is because I honestly don’t know of another topic or presentation that gives me more zeal and passion and purpose for my life.

My main desire from the very beginning was for the people of St. Paul and our local community to learn about this life-giving teaching, and for your hearts to be touched and set ablaze with love and passionate purpose.

This evening is going to be much more than simply a “sex talk”, I assure you, however the Theology of the Body is certainly a teaching that attempts to explain the meaning and purpose of human sexuality.

As I know from personal experience, but also from my pastoral experience as a priest, this is a topic that most of us Catholics hide our heads in the sand about. We feel uncomfortable with it because we probably don’t know how to talk about it. And this is probably because it hasn’t been explained to us in a healthy, truthful, and beautiful way….not just by our parents growing up, but even by members of the Church itself. Many of us may have been forcefully told about the WHAT of the Church’s teachings on sex, but NOT the WHY behind the WHAT, and even then, perhaps not in an accurate, attractive, and appealing way.

The Church is for us, not against us. St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is absolutely revolutionary in the sense that while it builds upon the traditional teachings of the Church, it develops further some of it’s thought, but also widens our perspective and helps us to see it with new “lenses”.

You and I can continue to be afraid to talk about it, or think that its a “personal thing”, but if we don’t learn and teach this view of human sexuality, you can bet that we and our children are learning about it (wrongly) from so many other sources in our secular society today. Should MTV, Netflix, HBO, Instagram, so on and so forth really be teaching our kids about human sexuality? How has this been going so far? Do these mediums promote the respect and dignity of the female and male body, or rather the opposite?

Did you know that the pornography industry makes more money annually then the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL combined? Why is this? Because we are staying ignorant and keeping silent. We are sexually human beings…male and female…we are all born with a passionate desire to be with the opposite sex.

My point is this: this desire we all have isn’t something to be ashamed about. It’s not something that is dirty, to be kept hidden. We must “go somewhere” with this desire, but the pivotal question is “to whom or to where shall we go?”

This is where the Theology of the Body guides us. It guides us like a compass pointing to true north, but it also helps us know how to get there. Most of are are not heading in the right direction. Do you know how much it sickens and saddens my heart to hear about “rainbow parties” with junior high school kids. I also hear about “key parties” with adults. This is completely sick and twisted, only leading us towards destruction and death rather than life and freedom.

Do you want to be free? Do you want to have peace? What do you want for your children? The meaning and purpose of the human body is the most important topic that should be talked about with our kids, yet it is the number one thing that is skipped. If I only knew the truths that I know now, I may have saved myself alot of heartache and misery, and I wouldn’t have emotionally hurt and wounded my fellow female peers when I was a youth In my ignorance. Ignorance surely isn’t bliss…especially in the area of’s death.

If you wanna know the truth, learn about the Theology of the Body. This is why Christopher West is coming to St. Paul’s.

If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet for Made for More at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, please do so ASAP. If you believe that I love you…if you believe that I truly care about you and the human person, then trust me and attend.

You can get your tickets at the end of Masses this weekend, at our parish center, or online here. We aren’t in this for the money. In fact, St. Paul’s isn’t making one cent from these events, all ticket proceeds go to The Cor Project to further the mission of spreading the Theology of the Body throughout the world. I love you and I hope to see you there.

Let’s not be afraid…lets get our heads out of the sand…let us be revitalized and bring forth a culture of life and love…not of abuse, shame, fear, and death. Let the only rainbows we see be the ones in the sky…and the keys we use be the ones that open the doors to our hearts with the Father’s truth and love for us.

Fr. Paul