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 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
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
As a single person, the Theology of the Body has moved me from profound loneliness to union with Christ. » Read More
— Matt Zucco
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 Theology of the Body messages have literally changed the course of my life. I have always loved being Catholic but it has never been fleshed out the way it is for me now. It has given form to my faith.  » Read More
— Bernadette Kozak
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
The Gift Study is just phenomenal.  It really has a powerful approach in that it deals with things but is very palatable for most Catholics on the parish level.  You will see renewal of family life and that will lead to societal change. » Read More
— Matthew Kuhner
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 been tremendous in terms of affecting my marriage in a very positive way.  In my ministry, my husband and I talk about Theology of the Body as it relates to our love story, and our relationship.  » Read More
— Peg Hensler, Coordinator, Marriage Ministries and Natural Family Planning, Diocese of Trenton, NJ
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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