Tag Archive for: Theology of the Body

Healing Unspoken Wounds

On this episode of Catholicism Live!, we talked with speaker Vicki Thorn as she was preparing to speak at the 2016 Catholic Women’s Conference.

Vicki founded Project Rachel to help facilitate healing for wounds that many people do not speak about. Now, Vicki also helps women and men to be empowered by Catholic teaching about embracing their identity and finding healing for the wounds we carry.

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We Are Made for More: What Our Bodies Tell Us

I’ve heard of the “Theology of the Body”, but I’m not really familiar with it. What is it?

The Theology of the Body (TOB) refers to the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II about the meaning given to our bodies made in the “image and likeness” of God. He expounded this teaching during weekly audiences from September 1979 to November 1984, and in various letters during his papacy.

So . . . what does the body mean?

In short, John Paul II explained that the body reveals God because it is designed in his likeness. This summary has as many applications as there are aspects of human life, because every human area is in relation to the body.

Our hands can be used to create music or hold a baby, embrace a loved one or plant a garden. Each one of these uses has much to say about God, and that’s just reflecting on the hands!

Where can I learn more about the TOB?
Author and 2014 Catholic Women’s Conference speaker Emily Stimpson joined host Nan Balfour and Danielle Smith, to talk about Emily’s book, These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body.

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Theology of Our Bodies

Dr. David Delaney and Alan Becker discuss what our bodies reveal about spiritual realities.