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

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
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 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
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
As a single person, the Theology of the Body has moved me from profound loneliness to union with Christ. » Read More
— Matt Zucco
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
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
Christopher West is “a prophet of the sexual counter-revolution” » Read More
— The National Catholic Register
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

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