PASAY City, May 17, 2016 – With many marriages ending because of a seemingly inevitable “drifting apart”, an international Theology of the Body (TOB) speaker recently reminded married people that their primary responsibility is towards their spouse.
“Remember you did not receive the sacrament of parenting… Your first responsibility is to your spouse and your children second,” said Katrina Zeno, author of The Body Reveals God: A Guided Study of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, during a TOB speakers’ training held from May 14 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center.
“Sometimes we get too wrapped up in raising our kids… ‘Oh, you know, we fell out of love.’ … [You need to] protect and enrich your marriage,” she told a group of some 60 mostly leaders from Couples for Christ, Don Bosco School of Studies, PAREF Southridge School, Miriam School, and Filipinos for Life, among others.
Tips for couples
The coordinator of the John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture in the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona also gave couples several tips to revitalizing marriage and its true purpose:
- Pray together.
- Set a regular date night.
- Go on a retreat together.
“Just time [have] alone and don’t talk about the kids. Use the time to enrich and protect your marriage,” stressed Zeno.
Among other things, TOB proposes that the human body reveals God; man’s destiny is to share in the Trinitarian God’s eternal exchange of love in heaven; and that man can only find himself when he gives a total and eternal gift of self to another.
Interested parties may follow live updates from her training on https://www.facebook.com/Theology-of-the-Body-PHIL-230711033654296/?fref=ts.
The Theology of the Body is a series of talks given by Pope John Paul II during his weekly Wednesday audiences from September 1979 to November 1984.
Zeno will also get to address the top leaders of CFC during the Metro Manila Mission Core Group Assembly at Christ the King parish in Libis, Quezon City on May 17, 8:00 p.m. and the CFC full-time missionaries at the CFC Global Missions Center in Quezon City on May 18, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCPNews)