The Ten Ten Hub
RSHE Deep Dive / Primary / Secondary / Catholic / Church of England
Writer: Anna Bailey
There’s something in us all that is intrigued by human relationships…
…how they work, how they don’t, and how they thrive or nose-dive under certain pressures of life. This summer you may have witnessed the best and worst in human relationships in television programmes like Love Island, Married at First Sight, The Kominsky Method, or Ted Lasso.
Whether you’re an avid fan or active hater of these programmes, as we observe the trials and tribulations of the personalities and characters, there’s an instinct within us all, willing a ‘happy ever after’ ending whether it’s for those we’re watching on TV or for our own lives. As Christians, we believe that the desire for a fulfilled and happy ending is a God-given desire that will ultimately be fulfilled in heaven, but we have glimpses and echoes of the fulfillment when we witness and experience authentic relationships of love.
At World Youth Day in Rome (August 2000), Saint John Paul II said,
It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life….
At Ten Ten, our resources enable you to share real-life scenarios with your students so they can learn what true love is and what loving relationships look like in practice. Our resources are rooted in the belief that God is love and all authentic human love is a reflection of God’s love.