TheBODYMatters Children's Program Pre-K–8th

Theology of the Body Evangelization Team

Between 1978 and 1984, Pope St. John Paul II delivered a series of Wednesday audiences that eventually became known as the Theology of the Body. This profound teaching offered what St. John Paul called an “adequate anthropology”—an examination of what it means to be human, made in God’s image and likeness, and how that reality is made visible in our human bodies. TOBET seeks to share this life-affirming message with others through educational resources: books, programs, talks, and seminars will offer hope and healing to a culture in need.

TOBET’s Episcopal Advisory Board confirmed the decision to create an original, age-appropriate program for Pre-School to 8th grade children not only to protect them from these negative influences, but also to help them to see the wonder of being made in God’s image and likeness.

Recent Blogs

The Power of the Imagination: Happy and Whole

The Power of the Imagination: Happy and Whole

Just in time for Christmas, TOBET is releasing another storybook entitled Happy and Whole. Author Amy Dedman shares delight in God’s design of the human body with much humor, for pre-school through kindergarten children.  When I read Happy and Whole to my special...

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TOB: A Sacramental View of Reality

TOB: A Sacramental View of Reality

Cover of our NEW Level 7, Book 1: Our Bodies Made Male & Female (Second Edition)“Mom and Papa, do you think I should really publish this book? I may go to jail for it.” “Do what’s right, Monica. We will visit you in jail,” they said with wry but truthful smiles! ...

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Grand Finale for Lesson Books!

Grand Finale for Lesson Books!

Cover of our Level 8, Book 2:Catholicism for EveryBODYFive years… and finally finished!  The very last book of The Body Matters program has arrived from the printer! I must admit, I have reread my own book five times since getting it two days ago!  And it is a hummer!...

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Listening is important for any friendship, but especially with God. Learn about hearing the whispers of the Spirit from our most constant friend in The Body and Friendship (http://ow.ly/3Nzx30rxW7e)
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Understand different sacrifices and acts of love present during (& beyond) #Lent. Learn about sacrifice in The Body and Friendship with #thebodymatters program.
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During this season of Lent, our posts for parents focus on cultivating a pure heart, a necessary step toward happiness and holiness. When a pure heart is married to a matching action, holiness results. A beautiful interior and exterior peace manifest through the language of the body Authentic, genuine gifts of self demonstrate pure movements of the heart, distinct from counterfeit love, which is rooted in selfish desire.Here's this week's scenario:One afternoon, your ten-year-old daughter, Nira, comes to you with an apologetic look on her face. She says, "Mom, I have something to tell you. A couple weeks ago when you and Dad went on your dinner date, Alejandro and I did something bad."Wondering what they could've done (that you and your spouse missed), you listen. Your daughter continues, "We ate all the cookies left in the jar. And I didn't say anything cause Ale told me not to."Your older child, Alejandro, is 12. He certainly knows better than to lie, let alone include his little sister in a lie. Feeling that it is too late to chastise and punish your kids at this point, you ask Nira why she's come to you now.Your daughter says, "Well, even though I didn't want Ale mad at me, I still felt bad lying. And I didn't like feeling that way or lying to you, cause I know it makes you sad and mad when we lie. And my heart felt weird, like heavy."You say, "I'm glad you came to me, even though you lied. It's better that you listened to your heart and confessed your mistake than letting it weigh on you. Do you know why your heart felt heavy?""Because I did a bad thing?""Yes. Your body was telling you it wasn’t at peace with the lie. When our hearts don't match our actions, we're separated from truth. And when we can't see the truth, we can't feel the fullness of love. It's why we go to Confession whenever we do something that hurts God.""Am I in trouble still?""We can talk about that later. I need to talk to your brother first."You sit down with Alejandro and say, "So your sister told me about eating too many cookies from the cookie jar. Before you worry about consequences, I want to talk about why Nira felt the need to confess."Your son looks at you, ashamed, and asks, "Is it cause she felt bad? Cause I feel bad for making her lie.""Yes, that's part of it. Do you know why you feel bad about it still, even a couple of weeks later?"Because it's wrong and lying is bad and a sin and I shouldn't do it?""Lying is a sin, Ale. But your sister was tired of feeling the weight of sin on her heart. Her heart was impure with guilt and regret, and she had to act to fix it. Using the language of her body, she confessed to me about a mistake she made.""But why'd she have to tell you? Couldn't she have just told Jesus in Confession?""Sure, she could have. And even though the lie she told made her distant from God, she also didn't want me to feel sad about her lying. Her confession wasn't about her but about the consequences of her sin.""So does she even need to go to confession?""Yes, we're all going tomorrow as a family. But I think you need to know it's more than just feeling sorry. It's about our wanting holiness and unity with God, and each other, so we go to Confession to make that possible.""I'm sorry for lying. And I'm even more sorry for making Nira lie. I didn't know it was hurting her so badly. I don't want her to feel that way again because of me."👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👪👩‍👦🤝Thanks for following us and supporting a #Catholic mission of evangelizing #theologyofthebody. Learn even more about #TOB with #thebodymatters program at www.tobet.org ...
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