I asked this question to several people lately. And I was surprised that all of them said, “No.”
I’ve come to believe that John Paul II’s Theology of the Body was made for our times.
John Paul II is one of my favorite saints. I am deeply moved by the story of his life. He enjoyed swimming, skiing, writing, and acting. He faced impossible trials, losing his parents and brother at a young age and living under the Nazi occupation in Poland. He possessed an amazing faith, delving into theology and spirituality and the meaning of life. Some of his richest teachings come from his Theology of the Body. If you are not familiar with this theology, I invite you to look into it. George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope, says John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is a “. . . theological time bomb set to go off, with dramatic consequences . . .”
We need this time bomb to go off now! Our generation is in dire need of a deeper understanding of our own humanity. People are confused about the relevance of human life and relationships, the gift of love and sexuality, and even their own sexual identity. This theology provides the key. God has a message for every one of us, and it’s written in our bodies!
“The human body includes right from the beginning… the capacity of expressing love, that love in which the person becomes a gift – and by means of this gift – fulfills the meaning of his being and existence.” ~John Paul II
These teaching are deep and rich. Once you start reading them, you’ll want more. But nonfiction isn’t the only way to delve into this theology. I appreciate that Full Quiver Publishing has dedicated themselves to publishing books that bring to light the Catholic Church’s beautiful teachings on sexuality and marriage. They’ve just released an anthology of short stories and poems Image & Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body.
This anthology includes beautiful poetry and tragic, thought-provoking, and inspirational stories in a variety of genres. I am honored that two of my own short stories appear in this anthology.
All are invited to the Image &Likeness Book Launch Party on Facebook Thursday, October 27th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Please drop by and get to know more about this anthology. There are a ton of prizes to win too! Stop by today to see the prizes!