The Venn diagram represents the faith dimensions of the Conversations about L.I.F.E. program, as well as the inter-relationship of the four kinds of human relationships. The core concepts represented by the diagram include:
The GOD Circle: Every person has been created by God: by love, for love, to love.
GOD’S PLAN: God desires an intimate love relationship with each person, a love relationship that will last forever. We learn to love God by learning to love ourselves and others in the three love circles.
The INDIVIDUAL: Every person is created with an intellect and a free will, the powers needed to know what is good and to choose to do what is good. God wants each individual person to learn to love and to choose to love.
LOVE CIRCLES: The diagram represents God’s plan for teaching a person to love. As children mature they move from one love circle to another. They learn to love by practicing the virtues associated with each circle.
The THIRD CIRCLE: The third circle is represented by a dashed line, which signifies that the love circle is not yet complete. Most people are called by God to complete the circle through marriage: the joining of two love circles to form a new family love circle. Others are called to a life of celibate love as a priest or consecrated religious. Some are called to make the gift of self through commitment to a life-affirming cause.
CHASTITY: Learning to love in the third circle involves two life-long processes: a) coming to a personal understanding of one’s own sexuality and that of others, and b) developing the virtues (character strengths) needed to direct one’s sexual desires toward love and away from exploitation.
FREEDOM: Freedom is the gift that allows us to make loving choices. But freedom also allows us to make choices that are harmful to ourselves and to others. We use the words sin, evil, and vice to name the negative results of unloving choices; these can be found in each of the three circles and in the larger world around us.
EXPLOITATION: Any choice that uses another person without respect for his or her dignity and freedom is called exploitation. Children must be taught how to recognize and how to avoid all forms of exploitation.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT: The adults in families, schools, churches, and other organizations are responsible for creating safe environments that protect children from exploitation of all kinds, especially sexual exploitation. As children mature, they learn that they themselves must help to create an environment that is morally safe for themselves, their peers, and younger children.