Theology of the Body Final Project
Who am I and what do I want to become?
In life, I am at a stage where teens begin dating each other and experiencing what seems like love for each other. In my life, I have yet to begin dating in order to understand myself as a person and gather what I would like to achieve. Instead of dating to understand the other gender, I have platonic friendships with the opposite gender to acquire the beneficial qualities of them and understand how I can better myself. Eventually I would like to follow the vocation of marriage and get married; however, before that I would like to graduate college and understand myself. I value honesty, perseverance, and hard work and hope that I can find somebody else with these qualities and better them in myself.
What are my dreams? Where do I want to go?
In life I enjoy having fun and being free. This leads me to frequently go off the path of holiness. I hope eventually to grow more in my faith and my ability to live a moral life. At times my judgement is clouded by emotions and other's opinions and can therefore be less stable than it should. I hope that in five years I will be able to better differentiate between right and wrong and understand why these things are wrong. I believe that in five years I hope that I will begin dating and looking for a spouse to follow my vocation with. In ten years I plan to be married and following Christ in marriage.
Quote for Motivation
"It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal." -Pope John Paul II
Where is Christ in my life? Where will Christ fall in my future vocation?
Currently Christ seems like he is almost everywhere in my life from school, to my family life. I try to place Christ in my life by asking what he would do at times and trying to look at his life as a guide on how to live my own. In marriage, he will be the guiding factor that leads me on the path of what to do and how to treat and respect my spouse. We will keep Christ at the center of our relationship and learn that our love is a giving relationship that does not seek to take.
How will I grow in my relationship with God?
Ultimately I need to improve my relationship with God. Love seeks to give and therefore I should try to give more of my life to God in order to receive his in return. I will live this through my virtue of marriage by recognizing the personalistic norm and treating my spouse and God with absolute respect. I must let go of my pride, the original sin, and put God first in order to become a more open minded and humble person. I will also respect the body that God has given me by living a life of chastity, which means to recognize my desires but also not going against God's boundaries. This involves not living a shameless life but respecting myself. Lastly, I would like to try and receive more redemption through Christ by taking advantage of the sacrament of Reconciliation and realizing that through Christ, I can receive forgiveness for my sins and begin anew. Through an improved relationship with God, I can better respect myself, my future spouse, and find redemption in Christ.