A Call for this Curriculum
Ruah Woods has impacted thousands of students regionally. Now read how our new Theology of the Body curriculum is anticipated by a nation.
"In a culture in which even a person’s gender is thought to be a choice, it is more important than ever to share with our children the truth of the origin and meaning of life and the gift of human sexuality. Called to be More is a welcome high school religion curriculum that is deeply rooted in Catholic anthropology and theology. Called to be More serves the mission of the New Evangelization by drawing students into conversation with God, their families and contemporary culture. Young men and women will learn they are loved, made for union with God and called to be witnesses to the good news of the Gospel."
"It is no coincidence that the vision for the New Evangelization and the teaching of the Theology of the Body came from the same mind. St. John Paull II has left us with a great gift in the Theology of the Body and has inspired the Church to use that teaching for the New Evangelization. Called to be More should be a go to resource for parishes and schools who take seriously their mission to evangelize."
"Finally, here is a curricula designed to win the hearts and minds of young people through an encounter with the Person of Jesus Christ in His deepest identity: creative Lover and Redeemer. This program answers the plaintive cry of the modern mind, steeped as it is in relativism, for meaning, identity, and authentic freedom.
"The aptly-named “Called to be More” curriculum supplement for high school religion classes does a fine job of exploring the big questions that young people face: “Who am I?” “Who is God?” “How am I called to live?” Rooted in Theology of the Body and Christian anthropology, “Called to be More” presents a Catholic view of human dignity, freedom and truth, and the meaning of life that stands as a sign of contradiction to the dominant view in the world today. Each lesson plan is a complete package, including suggested activities and movie clips, making it easy for any teacher to use it. It is my hope that many will do so."
"Through their life-transforming retreats, classes, curricula, and other programs, Ruah Woods has become a tremendous resource for the Church today--for people of all ages. If you're looking to discover the beauty of God's plan for human love and the richness of Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body, get involved in their work today!
"It’s a joy to see Called to be More now available to the public! This curriculum helps humanity rediscover its greatness through an ‘adequate anthropology’ centered in Jesus. Through a blend of testimonies, stories of saints, movie clips, and more, this curriculum helps the youth discover their vocation to love, following after Christ’s own example. This is exactly what we need in our culture today. As a Vocation Director, I see the importance of this education of the Theology of the Body as foundational for a young man or woman to hear and respond joyfully to a call to consecrated life, priesthood, and marriage. If we want to build a culture of vocations, it starts here!"
"As a supplement to pursue various TOB-related objectives, Called to Be More is a solid resource from folks who've been on the cutting edge of helping teens understand our Catholic vision of love, relationships and what it means to be created in the image of God. For occasional use on topics ranging from Sacraments and Morality through Vocations and Catholic Social Teaching, I recommend that high school catechists and parish youth ministers take a look at Called to Be More as a helpful tool for authentic, pastoral catechesis."
"Called to be More is a robust and very thorough curriculum resource for reaching students and their families in a profound way. Throughout the material teachers, students and parents will be refreshed by its attention to detail, struck by its joyful proclamation of the Gospel and edified by learning universal truths that set the human heart free to love for a lifetime - and into eternity!"
"More than thirty years have passed since St. John Paul II’s clarion call for a three-dimensional New Evangelization. He famously envisioned the fullness of Catholic faith transmitted in a 'New Pentecost' marked by 'new ardor, new methods, and new expressions.' We have been blessed with the first and third dimensions of the New Evangelization, but until now have wandered in a methodological desert. To date there are only a handful of Theology of the Body resources that articulate and organize St. John Paul’s revolutionary insights into truly catechetical forms. I predict that Emily Macke’s astonishingly beautiful Called to be More will soon be counted among them."
"Having attended Catholic schools from second grade through high school, I never encountered a religion class curriculum as relevant to the life of a student as this. Called to be More will help students and teachers alike to recognize that St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is more than just a series of chastity talks, but an intimate study of the human person who was made by Love for love: When students begin to learn and internalize that their identity does not come from their gender, grades or athletic ability, but comes from being made in the image and likeness of God, they’ll begin to ask for themselves where they belong in God’s plan for the world. And then they’ll change the world."
"Emily Macke beautifully captures the essence of Pope Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body in this curriculum that can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom. I have often struggled with how to apply what I learned at the John Paul II Institute and make it accessible and relevant to my students. These lesson plans didn't just "fit" into my teaching, they illuminated the depth and richness of the faith assisting in the transformation of the classroom from a place of mere academic learning to a place of real formation of the person. This curriculum can help teachers and students alike ask the important questions and slowly uncover the answers as they encounter the vastness of the Father's incredible loving plan for each of us."
"So often in today’s culture, we encounter individuals and ideologies which are confused about the nature of the person and which are at odds with the teaching of the Church about who we are and who we are made to be. As parents, we sometimes cringe thinking about the challenges our children will face in navigating such a wounded world. St. John Paul II experienced this “cringe” as well and knew that it was essential to lay out an “adequate anthropology” which would make it easier to answer the challenges of the modern world. Thus, Theology of the Body was born. Ruah Woods has done an enormous service for the Church in making accessible to our students this crucial teaching on the human person. In presenting a model which naturally integrates into existing curricula, teachers and schools are spared the difficult task of where to fit a whole independent course and because the “method is the message” has shown that John Paul’s important work touches on all areas of the Church’s life and ministry. We will be reaping the benefits of imparting this message to our high school students for decades."
"High School religion teachers are tasked with the awesome and challenging call to teach the Person of Jesus Christ. As a freshman religion teacher, I hope to teach the truths of the faith in such a way that my students begin to cultivate and grow in a sense of wonder of the amazing love God has for all of humanity and for them specifically. This supplemental Theology of the Body curriculum, which seeks to do just that by addressing "the heart of the tragedy experienced by modern man," will be an excellent complementary resource to the USCCB's curriculum framework. I am thrilled to utilize the "Called to Be More" supplements in the classroom as it will inspire a more holistic approach to teaching the beauty and fullness of the faith."
"I have reviewed the high school curriculum entitled 'Called to be More' and I am pleased to join with other bishops who have conveyed their support for this Theology of the Body resource. Thank you for creating an engaging curriculum for high school students that conveys so well the Church's teaching on human sexuality."