Family Life is first and foremost a “Catechesis for Healthy Relationships”. Our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II wrote an encyclical letter called “The Gospel of Life - The Theology of the Body”. He reminded us that Jesus affirms human life. We are reminded that we are all members of the Body of Christ. We are responsible for ourselves and for one another. We are called to wholeness and holiness.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to live out Gospel values in challenging times. Our world and society offer wonderful opportunities for witness and service. At the same time, however, some aspects of the culture around us place obstacles in the path of an authentic journey of faith. One important area, too often obscured by negative messages, is the understanding of human sexuality. Many of the messages being sent, both overtly and subtly, by the print and electronic media, as well as by the attitudes and actions of people, make it very difficult to appreciate the deep and wonderful understanding of human sexuality from the perspective of our Catholic faith.
Family Life is a new element added to our catechetical formation last year. It is called “Family Life” or some will use the title “Human Sexuality”. Lest someone gets the wrong idea, it is not a physiology class. We have no intention of teaching the “how to’s”. There are no diagrams, etc. Teaching the “birds and the bees” is your responsibility as parents.