Theology of the Body

Pope John Paul II devoted the first major teaching of his pontificate to what he called the Theology of the Body - a study of what God has revealed about Himself in and through the human body. This profound and beautiful teaching calls everyone - regardless of age or vocation - to an authentic understanding and living out of what it means to be created male and female in the image and likeness of God.

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What People Are Saying

The Theology of the Body has really impacted me in so many ways. It provided those answers that I never received as a kid growing up. As a Catholic my parents told me to wait until marriage to have sex, and that was that - no explanation.  » Read More
— Andrew Archual
As a single person, the Theology of the Body has moved me from profound loneliness to union with Christ. » Read More
— Matt Zucco
We had an amazing weekend! Father is so thrilled about the whole thing and I think this is really just a beginning of something much bigger than we can even imagine. Damon was out of this world. I had no doubt he would be but he really surpassed all my e » Read More
— Annette Cayer, Theology of the Body for Teens Training host, Corpus Christi Parish, Celebration FL
This teaching is definitely meant for today’s time and the message is so applicable to me and everybody I have ever met. » Read More
— Scott Millward
I am familiar with the excellent work Christopher West has done and continues to do promoting Catholic teaching on life and love, especially as given to us by Pope John Paul II in his "theology of the body." » Read More
— Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Diocese of Harrisburg, PA
The Theology of the Body cannot be simply relegated to marriage and family or sexual ethics. Its scope is much broader, touching on everything concerning the human experience. » Read More
— Fr. Kevin B. McGoldrick, M.Div., M.A., S.T.B. Archdiocese of Philadelphia
With intellectual care, with the experience bred of long years of teaching this material in the classroom and the parish, and taking account of his own experiences as a husband and father, Christopher West has put us in his debt by making the ‘theology of » Read More
— George Weigel, Senior Fellow, Ethics & Public Policy Center
The Gift Study is a very unique and special gift because not everyone can hear Christopher West live.  The way the Gift Study has been set up is really going to be able to allow people to dive into the message, to understand it better, and think about it » Read More
— Colin Nykaza, Director of Young Adult Outreach, Archdiocese of New York
If the Gift Study was being done at every parish it could help change the Church because people would realize that their ultimate longing is actually the love that they can only achieve through God. » Read More
— Nancy Falini
When I think about John Paul II and the Theology of the Body, and their impact and influence on my own life, what comes to mind first is a rediscovery of my own, as a consecrated person, my own ability to love as God has called us to love.  » Read More
— Sr. Sheila Galligan, IHM, STD

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