US speaker gives talks on new ‘love language’ in PH

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Some 60 participants attend a Theology of the Body (TOB) speakers' training on May 14 to 15, given by Katrina Zeno, in one of the SMX Convention Center's meeting rooms. (Photo: Nirva Delacruz)

MAKATI City, May 14, 2016 – International speaker and author Katrina Zeno is currently in the Philippines giving a series of talks and workshops on the Theology of the Body (TOB), St. John Paul II’s groundbreaking teachings on married love, the destiny of the human person, and God’s promise and why it’s so important to talk about it.

Invited by Couples for Christ (CFC), Zeno, an international keynote speaker and author gave her first talk on Philippine soul to some 130 married couples and singles during a Theology of the Body training on May 7 to 8 at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium.

“Language is all about love,” explained the coordinator of the John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture for the Diocese of Phoenix in the US.

Modern bridge of words

Zeno stressed how getting introduced to the TOB lexicon allows a person to have a whole new perspective of seeing the human person and his destiny.

“If you have language, you can think. If you can think, you can choose. If you can choose, you can love,” she said.

According to the Argentine tango enthusiast, the course proposes “the heritage of faith with a new language” … “creating a bridge between the language of the Church and of modern society.”

“Our doctrine doesn’t change but the language does. Because the language of the Church is what I would like to call ‘churchy language’ and most people can’t relate to that,” she explained.

Kicking off from her first TOB salvo, Zeno gave a TOB speakers’ training on May 14 to 15 in one of the SMX Convention Center’s meeting rooms with some 60 participants.

‘Sacramental’ teaching

During the said weekend, Zeno, who first got interested in delving deeper into TOB when she read St. John Paul II’s “Love and Responsibility”, said TOB has to be taught in a “sacramental” way.

She explained: “We need to learn how to teach Theology of the Body, give a talk in a way that is sacramental… not just to be cute or just to be entertaining.”

According to Zeno, talking about TOB to a variety of audiences means finding ways to provide visible symbols to show “invisible realities” like when she employs props, gestures or visual cues to show theological concepts.

Interested parties may follow live updates from her training on https://www.facebook.com/Theology-of-the-Body-PHIL-230711033654296/?fref=ts.

Zeno also got to have a short session with the leaders of Couples for Christ Central A sector at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Mandaluyong City on May 11.

She will also be addressing 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)

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