Today the St. Paul Center honors the memory of Saint John Paul II on the ten year anniversary of his death. Difficult as it is to wrap our minds around the numerous dimensions of his tremendous legacy, arguably one of the most important is his “theology of the body.
”Many scholars have applied this teaching to marriage and human sexuality, but a true theology of the body encompasses much more. John Paul II’s lessons apply not only to marriage and sexuality, but also to our professional lives, our recreation, what we eat, and how we dress.
If you’d like to come to a deeper understanding of Saint John Paul II’s legacy, Emily Stimpson’s These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body is an excellent starting point. In this accessible collection of essays, Stimpson unpacks the teachings of John Paul II with clarity, wisdom, and humor.
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The theology of the body, properly understood, allows us to ever more perfectly image the likeness of God and live exemplary lives of holiness. John Paul II proclaimed this truth not only through his teachings, but by his life. Let’s celebrate the legacy of our beloved Holy Father by allowing his profound wisdom to transform our hearts and minds.
Saint John Paul II, Pray for us!