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Theology of The Body
St. John Paul II’s New Vision for Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life
Theology of the Body is the topic of series of 129 lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences in St. Peter’s square from 1979-1984. TOB is Pope John Paul II’s vision of the human person-body, soul, and spirit. His lectures are based on scripture especially the Gospels, St. Paul, and the Book of Genesis). John Paul II discusses who man was in the beginning, who he is now (after original sin), and who he will be in age to come. He then applies this message to the vocations of marriage, celibacy, in preparation for the Kingdom of Heaven.
What is Theology of the Body?
The Theology of the Body (TOB) is a bold, compelling, Christian response to the sexual revolution that is transforming lives and renewing relationships around the globe and across denominational lines. Written by the late Pope John Paul II, the TOB offers an in-depth biblical exploration of the meaning of our creation as male and female in the divine image that not only paves the way for lasting renewal of marriage and family life, but, as one of the most captivating articulations of Christian anthropology ever developed, enables everyone to rediscover “the meaning of the whole of existence, the meaning of life”
The Problem: The sexual embrace is the foundation stone of human life. Sadly, men and women now tend to seek the “sensation of sexuality” apart from the true gift of them.
The Response: In a collection of 129 addresses delivered from 1979-1984, St. John Paul II resolved to clarity and deepens the true meaning of human sexuality.
The Questions: What does it mean to be human? How do I live my life in a way that will bring true happiness?
The Answers: We are created for Love not only as individuals, but also through a communion of “persons,” which is revealed by St. John Paul II as the “spousal meaning of the body.” Christ wants to infuse human, sexual love with divine, sacrificial love.
Made In His Image & Likeness: The marriage of man and woman is meant to point to the Divine Exchange of Love of the Blessed Trinity. As Christ’s gift of self is the origin of the Children of God, so too, the mutual gift of self of husband and wife is to be fruitful and result in the creation of new life.
The Big Picture: The body has a “language” that is meant to express God’s free, total, faithful, and fruitful love. God wants us to “marry” His people—to live with us in an unbreakable bond of love that the Bible compares to marriage. The Holy Eucharist is a renewal of the covenant: Christ’s own Body to His Bride, the church.
Christopher West is a Catholic author and speaker, best known for his work on Pope John Paul II’s series of audience addresses entitled Theology of the Body.
An Introduction to the Theology of the Body, 8-part Study, DVD Set (Christopher West)
An Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life is an eight-part, four-hour study presented by Christopher West, designed to give you a solid understanding of God’s plan for humanity – a plan stamped right into our bodies. Each talk is designed to accompany a lesson in the Student Workbook and Leader’s Guide.
This DVD set contains the following eight 30-minute sessions:
Session 1: An Education in Being Human Session 2: The Great Analogy of Spousal Love Session 3: Man and Woman He Created Them (Our Origin) Session 4: Man and Woman He Redeemed Them (Our History) Session 5: The Resurrection of the Body (Our Destiny) Session 6: Celibacy for the Kingdom Session 7: Marriage as a Sacrament Session 8: The Language of Sexual Love
About An Introduction to the Theology of the Body:
Based on Saint John Paul II’s revolutionary teaching and presented by world-renowned speaker and author Christopher West, The Giftis a comprehensive system designed to lay a firm foundation for those who desire to incorporate the Theology of the Body into their daily lives.
An Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life, is an eight-part, four-hour study designed to give you a solid understanding of God’s plan for humanity – a plan stamped right into our bodies.
Most people have heard the “whats” of Catholic teaching, but very few have ever heard the “whys.” With profound insight, Christopher West demonstrates that the Church’s teaching on sex and marriage “makes sense”, and, in fact, is the “logic” of Christianity, because it corresponds perfectly with the deepest stirrings and desires of the human heart. This study is for everyone searching for their ultimate purpose in life.
For more information or to borrow our video series contact us at:
The DesOrmeaux Foundation
1331 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
For a video presentation in your community or church parish you may contact TOB Facilitators:
Adele Guillot 337-335-4652
Taran Taylor 337-550-5740
Introduction to Theology of The Body Video Clips
Is the TOB All About Sex?
This series allows us to reflect on the purpose and meaning of our existence, in our creation as male and female.
How Can the Body Have a Theology?
The body reveals a great spiritual mystery: making visible what is invisible.
The Playboy and the Pope
Christopher West emphasize the deep significance of recognizing the dignity and sacredness of the body.
Celibacy for the Kingdom
Christopher West explains how the vocation to celibacy is a visible sign of the marriage between Christ and the Church.
The Language of the Body
All questions of sexual morality come down to asking, “Does this behavior image God’s free, total, faithful, fruitful love?”