Friday, June 6, 2008

Practical theology of the body, Part I

In my final theology of the body segment on Sacred Heart Radio on Monday, I will be giving some practical suggestions for how to apply the principles of theology of the body to one's life. Here's one to start with, but you can listen for several more on Monday morning.

Main point: Our bodies reveal God.

What it means:

We were made in God’s image and likeness which means that we have intellect and will, but also that we were made from Love and for Love (God is Love).

The fact that God created us male and female (with the ability for union and communion with another) is meant as a reminder of our call for union and communion with God in heaven.

Pope John Paul II says we image God more in our communion than in our solitude.

Practical application:
Try to look at others as gifts from God – reminders of our call to heaven. If someone is tempted to lust or to use another, ask God for the grace to see another as God sees him or her (a reflection of God’s love for us).

4 comments:

M. Swaim said...

Many thanks. Best wishes for your future studies from the entire Sacred Heart Radio family!

Bill Donaghy said...

Hi Emily and Nicole,

I found your blog through Sacred Heart Radio. I love what you're doing, and the header for your blog is awesome (kind of an iTunes, 70's Partridge Family thing.... nice!)

I run a couple of blogs and a speaking ministry outside of Philadelphia. I also speak for the Theology of the Body Institute and was wondering if either of you have ever done the Head and Heart Immersion course on the Theology of the Body? I think you'd love it.

Hope to pop in on your blog more often!

Peace,
Bill

Emily said...

Matt -- Thank you so much! It has been a tremendous blessing to spend Monday mornings with the Sacred Heart Radio family.

Bill -- God bless your TOB work! Neither of us have been to the Head and Heart Immersion Course, but I have heard amazing things about it. I am actually headed to the John Paul II Institute to study TOB in the fall. Perhaps I'll head over to PA at some point too.

Bill Donaghy said...

Excellent! God bless your new journey, I'm sure it will be amazing diving into the teaching every day. Enjoy it!

Bill