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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Discover why being made in God's likeness is a gift. Learn about how this gift reflects The Body of Christ through #thebodymatters program.
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Discover the unifying power of Christ's love revealed in every body made by God. In EveryBODY Reveals God from #thebodymatters program, find what makes and breaks our communion with each other and our Lord.
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While we continue to celebrate Christ's birth, it's important to continue seeking His peace. We find this most often in our faith.
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While we continue to celebrate Christ's birth, it's important to continue seeking His peace. We find this most often in our faith.
🕊☺🙏🏼
Discover #peace in Catholicism for Everybody: http://ow.ly/SxA930rnxyf
#tob #theologyofthebody #thebodymatters #tobet #stillchristmas

As we seek joy this #Advent, we prepare to receive it with Christ's coming. We can also experience joy beyond this season with the Body of Christ.
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It’s a new year, and we’re finally back with our weekly Monday parent posts! This month, we’ll cover getting to know God through His Mystical Body and how our bodies reveal His likeness. We’ll discuss how we’re made for love and union with God and one another.This week’s scenario:Your younger son Jimmy isis playing at a friend’s house. He comes home and starts bragging to his older brother about playing a game he’s not allowed to play at home. You overhear your older son ask, “Didn’t you say you didn’t like that guy cause he was too weird or mean?”Jimmy says, “Yeah...But I’ll put up with him since I get to play GTA and COD. If Mom and Dad let me play, I wouldn’t even talk to him.”After you’ve heard enough, you loudly clear your throat to get your boys’ attention. Your older son disappears to his room, and Jimmy stares at you like a deer in headlights.🤝🙌🤗Made For LoveYou say, “So you only hang out with someone you don’t like because they let you do something you know you’re not allowed to do at home? That’s pretty resourceful, son.”Jimmy says, “Uh-oh. So you heard everything? Great… Am I grounded?”“Well, you won’t be going over to that friend’s house for a while, and I will be talking to his parents. But that game’s not the only reason you’re in trouble.”“What else did I do?”“How about using someone? Are friends toys to play with only when we want, and then we put them away whenever we want?”“No. They’re people.”“Do you know what it’s called when you use a friend? It’s called a friendship of utility, and it denies a person’s dignity. When we use someone else, it’s like we pretend that they aren’t made for love.”🤝🙌🤗Made In His ImageJimmy says, “I hadn’t thought of it like that before. I mean, my friend doesn’t seem to mind, but maybe he’s just being nice. It’s not like he has a ton of friends anyway.”You reply, “Think about how you’d feel if someone only hung out with you for your desserts at lunch or a video game you had. When we treat each other like things, it’s like pretending we’re not made in God’s image.”“What do you mean?”“Well, we don’t only go to God when we’re upset or in trouble, right? We also go to Him when we want to show thanks and praise for everything He does for us. If we only turned to Him when we needed something, we’d be using Him instead of loving him.”🤝🙌🤗Discover the unifying power of Christ's love revealed in everybody made by God. With EveryBODY Reveals God from #thebodymatters program, learn what makes and breaks our communion with one another and our Lord.ow.ly/sVu630rse56#tob #TOBET #theologyofthebody #catholic ...
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Discover the unifying power of Christ's love revealed in every body made by God. With EveryBODY Reveals God from #thebodymatters program, learn what makes and breaks our communion with one another and our Lord. 🤝🙏🤲 ow.ly/sVu630rse56 #tob #TOBET #theologyofthebody #catholic ...
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While we continue to celebrate Christ's birth, it's important to continue seeking His peace. We find this inner peace most often in our faith.🕊☺🙏🏼Discover joy, hope, and #peace in Catholicism for Everybody here: ow.ly/SxA930rnxyf #tob #theologyofthebody #thebodymatters #tobet #stillchristmas ...
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