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MS Theology of the Body

This course will introduce students to the Theology of the Body (study of the body) at a very basic level. Theology of the Body is rooted in St. John Paul’s writings which help us understand God’s plan for humanity and the body. His writings were a response to the cultural chaos he saw happening in the 20th Century. While there are many books to help us understand his rich, philosophical writings, this course will use three books written specifically for a middle school audience. In addition, we will be reading tales and fables that demonstrate teachings of Theology of the Body.
The goal is that this course would feel more like a small catechetical group with prayerful discussion and reflection and minimal homework.

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

Tisha Frost has been teaching in a variety of settings over the last 20 years after following one of the best pieces of advice she was ever given, “Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire” (attributed to St. Catherine of Siena). This inspired her to study both history and theology during her undergraduate years.
She obtained a B.A. in American Studies, with a minor in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She also holds a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Middle School and High School Social Studies. Through her experiences of teaching many students, including her own children, she has seen the need for restful education that is focused on the true, good, and beautiful.
Tisha resides in Northern Minnesota with her husband and six children. When she has a moment to herself, she enjoys children’s literature, British mysteries, good movies, and baking.

Quarter 1

  1. Q1W1
    1. Intro to St. John Paul II and Theology of the Body
    2. Original Man, Historical Man, Eschatological Man
  2. Q1W2
    1. Creation is a Gift
  3. Q1W3
    1. The Image of God
  4. Q1W4
    1. The Body Reveals Man
  5. Q1W5
    1. Original Solitude
  6. Q1W6
    1. Original Unity
  7. Q1W7
    1. Original Nakedness
  8. Q1W8
    1. TOB in Literature

Quarter 2

  1. Q2W1
    1. Review of Quarter 1
  2. Q2W2
    1. Present Projects on Book 6
  3. Q2W3
    1. Man of Concupiscence
  4. Q2W4
    1. Redeemed and Called
  5. Q2W5
    1. Law and Love
  6. Q2W6
    1. Life According to the Spirit
  7. Q2W7
    1. The Heroism of Love
  8. Q2W8
    1. The Spousal Meaning of the Body

Quarter 3

  1. Q3W1
    1. Review of Quarter 2; Review of subjective/objective
  2. Q3W2
    1. Present projects on Book 7
  3. Q3W3
    1. Vocation and Gift
  4. Q3W4
    1. Virginity for the Sake of the Kingdom
  5. Q3W5
    1. The Sacrament of Marriage
  6. Q3W6
    1. St. Paul on Flesh and Spirit
  7. Q3W7
    1. Logic of Domination vs. Logic of Gift
  8. Q3W8
    1. Resurrection of the Body

Quarter 4

  1. Q4W1
    1. Review Book 8
  2. Q4W2
    1. Present projects/Talk about final project
  3. Q4W3
    1. St. John Paul’s biography Chapters 1-6 Childhood
  4. Q4W4
    1. St. John Paul’s biography Chapters 7-12 Priesthood
  5. Q4W5
    1. St. John Paul’s biography Chapters 13-20 Papacy
  6. Q4W6
    1. TOB in Literature, Poetry, Songs, Art
  7. Q4W7
    1. TOB in Literature, Poetry, Songs, Art
    2. Final papers due
  8. Q4W8
    1. Review of year

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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