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Guidance Through the Tough Questions
By Rene Schroeder, Director of Youth Ministry at JP2 Renewal Center
This past month, many teens and young adults have expressed frustration with their current “love life”. For the teens, it’s a lack of information about what love really is and the inability to have conversations with their parents about sex, dating, and love. For the young adults, dating is tough because these young adults continue to have the same questions that were not answered in a meaningful way when they were teens. One of the girls I recently talked to said her mother would chastise her when she asked her questions about what she heard at school in regards to sex, dating, and love.
Parents and catechists want to help but often don’t have the proper tools. Teens have questions but end up turning to the internet, magazines, and peers for answers. So, what can we do? Lay a solid foundation to bridge the gap!
Our ‘Love Is” program helps teens, young adults, and adults understand what authentic love is through Theology of the Body. Once that foundation is laid, the questions can be answered. Here are two ways you can get started:
1. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a talk for your parish or small group!
2. Check out our favorite resources in book or audio form at http://jp2renew.org/resources/. I recommend “If You Really Loved Me” by Jason Evert for the tough questions and “How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul” for dating advise, spiritual growth, and personal development.