Theology of the Body

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“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth’…God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1: 27,28,31

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us…”
John 1:14

What is Theology of the Body? 

Theology of the Body (ToB) first came about as a series of 129 talks given by Pope John Paul II when he began his pontificate in 1979. These Wednesday addresses were well researched, based on scripture, and founded upon the Pope’s earlier writing, Love & Responsibility. When you think about the term Theology of the Body, it may conjure up a confusing mixture of the divine and the earthly, but that is okay, because that is what Jesus did for us. Through the Incarnation, the Divine took on a human body; the Immortal became mortal; the Word became flesh.

In this study of St. Pope John Paul II’s teaching you will be amazed as many familiar scripture verses and Bible stories are brought to life in new and exciting ways.

Why do you need to know about Theology of the Body?

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.

Topics covered during the Introduction to Theology of the Body* course:

* This course is a prerequisite for the Into the Heart course.
  • What does it mean to be Human?

  • The Analogy of Spousal Love
  • Man & Woman He Created Them
  • Man & Woman He Redeemed Them
  • The Resurrection of the Body
  • Celibacy for the Kingdom
  • Marriage as a Sacrament
  • The Language of Sexual Love
  • Topics covered during the Into the Heart* course:

    * Introduction to Theology of the Body is a prerequisite for this course.
  • A Vision of Hope for the Heart
  • “Nuptial Union”: A Call to Deep Intimacy with God
  • The Body: A Witness to Love
  • The Body: Sign of God’s Mystery
  • The Heart: A Battlefield between Love and Lust
  • The Dimensions of Lust in the Heart
  • The Law and the Heart
  • Blessed are the Pure of Heart
  • The Ultimate Fulfillment of the Body
  • Celibacy and Sexuality
  • The “Great Mystery” of Marriage
  • Spousal and Redemptive Love
  • The Language of the Body
  • Singing the Song of the Body
  • The Teaching of Humanae Vitae
  • Outline of Marital Spirituality

    Intro to ToB | Sunday afternoons | Jan. 13-March 3 (8 classes) | 3pm - 4:30pm
                         Wednesday evenings | Jan. 16-March 20 (8 classes) | 7pm - 8:30pm
                         (no class March 5 (Ash Wednesday) or March 13 (spring break)
                         Holy Family Room, St. Mark's Community Center (2nd floor)
                         Download registration from HERE

    Intro to ToB | April – June (8 classes) | Time TBD
    Intro to ToB | July – August (4 classes) | Time TBD
    Intro to ToB | September – November (8 classes) | Time TBD
    Into the Heart | August – December (16 classes) | Time TBD

    For more information about Theology of the Body, contact:

    Scott Byers (course facilitator)
    (210) 867-8055