We begin our long-awaited series on Love, Sex, and Marriage on Monday, March 24th. This should be fun!
We'll begin with two short, fundamental texts of contemporary theology on marriage:
First, we'll read the section on marriage from Vatican II. If you read Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope) with us before, this will be a refresher; if not, I encourage to read the few pages excerpted here. (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/catholic-teaching/upload/Gaudium-et-Spes-NFP-Notes-on-Marriage.pdf)This document dispels the notion that Catholics only have sex for babies, and introduces the dual purpose of sex within within marriage.
Then we'll start on Pope Paul VI's great encyclical, Humanae Vitae, one of the most controversial Church documents from the 20th century. It is a document that even secular authors have come to see as prescient and meriting serious consideration for its stance against "technologizing" sexuality. You can find it online here (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae_en.html), or order the book for just a few bucks on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Humanae-Vitae-Encyclical-Letter-Holiness/dp/0898707285/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395074771&sr=8-1&keywords=humanae+vitae) (I encourage you to get the book, as it's a newer translation).
This will be a good series with a lot of practical questions and answers that bear directly on our lives as Christians in highly sexualized culture. I encourage you to come and to invite your friends.
See you Monday, 7pm, on the upstairs back patio of the Ginger Man. Also, for a change, I've put the event on facebook, too, so you might also join the facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/641397789240599/).
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