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 impacted my marriage in such incredible ways. After I learned this message all I wanted to do was jump up and down. My husband and I just wanted to go out and tell everybody. » Read More
— Patty Millward
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
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 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
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
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
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
Christopher West is “a prophet of the sexual counter-revolution” » Read More
— The National Catholic Register
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

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