Father Brian Bransfield, executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis, and Assistant General Secretary for the USCCB presents a riveting understanding of John Paul II’s idea of marriage and human sexuality.
Utilizing insights from scripture, the Fathers of the Church, and contemporary theology, the beauty of marriage is clearly defined. Simultaneously, he grapples with the challenges to family life that have sprung from the industrial, sexual and technological revolutions. Fr. Bransfield brings to bear examples from contemporary literature and pop culture that illustrate the nature of sin, selfishness and false understandings of what it means to be human. He draws from the teachings of the Church and especially John Paul II what an authentic understanding of the person is.
The solution to the tragedy of sin and vice springs from the gifts of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to live lives of dignity and heroic love. John Paul II’s teachings bring into focus the identity of the human person in love and how love sustains the person in hope.
Loneliness and despair reign in the person who is enslaved by lust, pornography and false values that lead to suspicion, shame and fear. However, people through conversion and the use of the sacraments can be set free and learn the joy and peace that comes from entering a true communion of persons in love. All those involved with marriage preparation will find this program an invaluable resource.
3 CDs, 3 hours, with outline
Rev. J. Brian Bransfield, STD