Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Free Love True Love - Book Review

About the Book

This is the gift I received last year in our Courage Christmas party and I want to encourage everyone to grab a copy of this book. If you're not that familiar with Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body, this is the best place to start. A lot of stuff we know about love and sex we learned from the media and unfortunately they just don't get it. Theology of the Body helps us to understand in its purest form sexuality in light of God's original plan for humanity.

It is guaranteed to be theologically insightful yet light to read and sort of an "appetizer" if you will should you decide later on to delve on exploring the Theology of the Body more deeply. Fr. Joel Jason was able to combine theology with his day-to-day pastoral experience as a Catholic priest thereby making this book a must-read for those who are seeking to deepen their understanding of human sexuality in all its fullness. A good read indeed especially for us who are not used to reading papal encyclicals and Vatican documents because the topics are presented in a conversational manner and injected with humor.

Inside the Book

Foreword by Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, D.D.


I: Laying the Foundations: A New Ethos of Love and Sexuality

II: The Great Sacrament: A Marriage Made in Heaven

III: The Original Experiences of Man and Woman
a. The Experience of Original Solitude
b. The Experience of Original Unity
c. The Experience of Original Nakedness

IV: The Rediscovery of Love and Chastity

V: The Redemption of Sexuality

VI: The Humanness of Love and Sexuality

VII: The Life-Giving and Love-Giving Significance of Sexuality

VIII: With This Body, I Thee Wed: The Significance of the Body

Concluding Words

About the Author

Fr. Joel O. Jason is a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Manila. He was born on July 9, 1969, and finished his studies at San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, Makati, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy in 1991 and his Masters in Theology in 1996. On July 31, 1996, he was ordained by the late Archbishop of Manila Jaime Cardinal Sin D.D. In 1999, Fr. Joel took further studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned his Licentiate Degree on Moral Theology. Upon returning to Manila in 2001, he was assigned professor and formator at the San Carlos Seminary. Currently, he is the Dean of Studies of the Theology Department and teaches Fundamental Moral Theology, Bioethics, Special Moral Theology and Sexuality and Integrity. He also heads the Ministry for Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila and is a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Makati Medical Center.

Free Love True Love - Rediscovering Love & Intimacy in John Paul II's Theology of the Body is published by Shepherd's Voice Publication.

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