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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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

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