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 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
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
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
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
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
Christopher West’s keen grasp of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and his ability to make it accessible to others is changing lives, strengthening marriages, and renewing people’s faith in the Church across the country and internationally. » Read More
— Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop of Denver
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
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
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

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