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Theology of the Body
Transcript of Theology of the Body
"The body, and only the body, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It has been created to transfer into the visible world the mystery hidden from eternity in God, and thus to be a sign of it." TOB 19:4
"God created man in His image, in the image of God he created him, man and woman he created them." Gen 1:27
"For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and unite with his wife, and the two will be one flesh." Gen 2:24
"And the Word became flesh."
"Now both were naked the man and his wife, but they did not feel any shame." Gen 2:25
That body is authentically human and thus to do that which determines man as a person... Also in all its bodiliness, 'similar to God'." TBO 9:3
"The words of Genesis 2:25 express the fact that, together with man, holiness has entered the visible world, the world created for him." TBO 19:5
To the fullness of 'exterior' perception, expressed by physical nakedness, corresponds to the 'interior' fullness of the vision of 'man in God' that is, according to the measure of the 'image of God'. TBO12:5
Man becomes an image of God not so much in the moment of solitude as in the moment of communion.
"He is, in fact 'from the beginning' not only an image in which the solitude of one Person, who rules the world, mirrors itself, but also and essentially the image of an inscrutable divine communion of Persons." TBO 9:3
"You were bought at a great price." 1 Cor 6:20
"The fact that they become 'one flesh' is a powerful body established by the Creator through which they discover their own humanity." TBO 10:2
"Nakedness signifies the original good of the divine vision. It signifies the whole simplicity and fullness of his vision, which shows the 'pure' value of man as male and female, the 'pure' value of the body and of (its) sex." TBO 12:1
"Original innocence, connected with the experience of the spousal meeting of the body, IS HOLINESS ITSELF, which permits man to express himself deeply with his own body, precisely through the 'sincere gift' of self." TBO 19:5
"And this is the mystery of Truth and Love, the mystery of divine life, in which man really participates." TBO 19:4
"God saw everything that He made, and indeed, it was very good."
"I heard the sound of your step in the garden, and I was afraid, because I am naked; and I hid myself." Gen 3:10
"I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind." Rom 7:23
Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church, who is the Savior of his body.
And you, husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water accompanied by the Word, so as to present his Church before himself all glorious, without spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind, but holy and immaculate.
"And the two will be one flesh... This mystery is great." TBO 87:1
The redemption of the body brings with the establishment in Christ and for Christ of a new measure of the holiness of the body.
"Do not be afraid; she was destined for you from eternity, and you are the one to save her. She will follow you, and I pledge my word she will give you the children who will be like brothers to you. Do not worry." Tob 6:18, TBO 114:7
"They must draw grace and love from the ever-living fountain of the Eucharist; 'with humble perseverance' they must overcome their own faults and sins in the sacrament of Penance." TBO 126:5
"On the wedding night, they decide above all to speak in unison - and this unison is nothing other than prayer." TBO 115:4
"The reciprocal relations of husband and wife must spring from their common relation with Christ." TBO 89:1
"If a man relates to a woman in such a way that he considers her only as an object to appropriate and not as a gift, he condemns himself at the same time to become , on his part too, only an object of appropriation for her and not a gift." TBO 33:1
"The satisfaction of the passions is, in fact, one thing, quite another is the joy a person finds in possessing himself more fully, since in their way he can also become more fully a true gift for another person." TBO 5:7
"If we do not begin to act as we think, then we begin to think as we act." --Archbishop Sheen
"They see with the eyes of faith the holiness of this vocation, in which - through the unity of the two built on the reciprocal truth of the 'language of the body' - they must respond to the call of God Himself, contained in the mystery of the 'beginning'." TBO 116:4
"These 'two' who will be one flesh, cannot realize such a union on the level of persons except through the powers that come from the spirit, and precisely from the Holy Spirit, who purifies, enlivens, strengthens, and perfects the power of the human spirit." TBO 131:3
"Both the femininity of the bride and the masculinity of the bridegroom speak without words: the language of the body is a language without words." TBO 109:1
"Man is person precisely because he possesses himself and has dominion over himself. Indeed, as much as he is master over himself he can give himself to another." TBO 123:5
'The 'I' becomes in some way the 'you' and the 'you and I'." TBO 92:7
"The perfection of Christian life is measured by the measure of love." TBO 67:3
"Participation in the divine nature, participation in the inner life of God Himself, penetration and permeation of what is essentially human by what is essentially divine, will then reach its peak, so that the life of the human spirit will reach a fullness that was absolutely inaccessible to it before." TBO 67:3