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LOOKING FOR INTIMACY IN THE AGE OF FACEBOOK [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
LOOKING FOR INTIMACY IN THE AGE OF FACEBOOK Andrew Reiner Forming the lives of young people to be capable of loving and committed relationships is a great challenge in the digital age. Young people spend hours carefully calculating how to present themselves to online “friends" through social media profiles. Such obsession with public persona perhaps comes at the expense of the sincerity and vulnerability cultivated through personal interactions —critical experiences needed for a mature journey into adulthood. The rising prominence of social media represents not only a challenge but also an opportunity to engage young people in conversations about the need for authentic (and sustained) intimacy. The classroom is an excellent venue for such work. Andrew Reiner provides a salient telling of intentional classroom encounters between personal vulnerability and public persona. ~ Casey Beaumier, S.J. u W want you to send a text to a I friend,” I told students in _M_my course, The Search for...
Thou Shalt Sex Beyond the List of Don’ts [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
Thou Shalt Sex Beyond the List of Don’ts Lisa Fullam Walk into a school of music and observe the man in his forties just learning the violin. He struggles a bit with tone and pitch, and his fingers still get sore from the strings, but he wants to be able to express himself musically in the mode that the violin allows. He devotes himself to practice so that he may be not just a man learning the violin, but a violinist. The virtue ethics of Thomas Aquinas is about this kind of process. In this approach, virtues are defined as “perfections” of our natural capacities, not just for certain types of activity but for human moral life as a whole. Aquinas follows Aristotle, who noted that we “become builders by building and lyre players by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” What happens when we apply this very traditional mode of ethical reflection to the questions of sexual ethics? The morality of sex ha...
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY Pope John Paul II ccnn he beginning ” means that m which Genesis speaks about. JL. Christ quoted Genesis 1:2 7in summary form: “In the beginning the Creator made them male and female.” The original passage reads textually as follows: “God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Subsequently, the Master referred to Genesis 2:24: “Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Quoting these words almost in full, Christ gave them an even more explicit normative meaning (since it could be supported that in Genesis they express de facto statements: “leaves, cleaves, they become one flesh”). The normative meaning is plausible since Christ did not confine himself only to the quotation itself, but added: “So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” That “let not man put asunder” is decisive. In...
Catechism of the Catholic Church [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
Catechism of the Catholic Church ; 2332 Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul. It especially concerns affectivity, the capacity to | love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others. I 2333 Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and i complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society | depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out. i 2337 Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual | being. Sexuality, in which man's belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is 1 integrated into the relationship of one person t...
GOD IS LOVE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
GOD IS LOVE Pope Benedict XVI There is a certain relationship between love and the Divine: love promises infinity, eternity —a reality far greater and totally other than our everyday existence. Yet we have also seen that the way to attain this goal is not simply by submitting to instinct. Purification and growth in maturity are called for; and these also pass through the path of renunciation. Far from rejecting or “poisoning” eras, they heal it and restore its true grandeur. This is due first and foremost to the fact that man is a being made up of body and soul. Man is truly himself when his body and soul are intimately united; the challenge of eras can be said to be truly overcome when this unification is achieved. Should he aspire to be pure spirit and to reject the flesh as pertaining to his animal nature alone, then spirit and body would both lose their dignity. On the other hand, should he deny the spirit and consider matter, the body, as the only reality, he would likewise los...
The Embodied Self [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
The Embodied Self Michael Novak In the very first year of his papacy, Pope John Paul II planted a time bomb in the Church that is not likely to go off until about 20 years from now. Beginning in September 1979, he devoted 15 minutes of each weekly general audience over a fiveyear period to sustained, dense, and rigorous meditations on human sexuality. Reflecting on key biblical passages, the pope began by wondering what it meant to Adam, walking in the garden, to discover that he was alone as an embodied self. He also asked what it means to Karol Wojtyla, and the rest of us, to be embodied selves. In the 129 public addresses that Pope John Paul II delivered over those five years he went back to the Word of God to try to fathom the Creator’s intentions in this puzzling work of His. The pope began with Adam in his solitude. Adam walked alone as a species, neither vegetable nor mineral, neither God nor animal, and not an angel, either. He stood alone in all creation. He did not have th...
WRESTLING WITH THE IN BETWEEN [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
WRESTLING WITH THE IN BETWEEN Marianne L. Tierney Hardly a week goes by without various friends on Facebook announcing their engagement or posting recent wedding pictures. I counted 23 weddings that I have attended since 2008 with several more lined up for this year or next. Granted, I know that I am just “in that age” and that this is not necessarily uncommon, but it does indicate to me how people my age are seriously interested in getting married. I place myself in this space too; I’d like to be married someday. But for now, I’m single (as in “not married;” I am actually in a committed relationship but according to my tax filings, I’m “single.”) For me, the single life right now is about being in between phases of life, and it can be scary. The Church has recommendations about marriage and religious life, but doesn’t actually offer a lot of guidance in terms of navigating the single life. Statistics show that people are waiting until they have chosen careers and set a foundation f...