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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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 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
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
Christopher West is able to synthesize the Theology of the Body in an understandable and exciting way that gets people excited about it and excited about living it. » Read More
— Cecilia LeChevallier, Coordinator, Marriage Preparation and Natural Family Planning, Diocese of Camden, NJ
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
As a single person, the Theology of the Body has moved me from profound loneliness to union with Christ. » Read More
— Matt Zucco
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
The vibrancy of Christopher West, his infectious enthusiasm and penetrating understanding of the thought of Pope John Paul II is well-known to those who have heard his lectures and tapes. » Read More
— Dr. Janet Smith, Professor of Life Issues, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit
The Gift series is really impacting people’s hearts and I would recommend it.  I think if parishes took up the Gift study many hearts would be changed as people would see that the Lord is calling them to this beautiful gift of our sexuality. » Read More
— Fr. John Nordeman, Chaplain, Newman Center, West Chester University
I believe that the Gift study is an important message for everybody because our society has lost that vision of who we are created to be.  Working with young adults in the Catholic Church, we are a wounded generation that needs truth so badly.  » Read More
— Abbie Langsdorf, Office of Youth & Young Adult, Diocese of Allentown

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