The Body as Sacrament of Love: In My Flesh I Shall See God

By Oana Maria Goţia|2024-01-03T22:07:20+01:0030 January 2022|Body, Jesus Christ, John Paul II, Love, Sacraments, Truth|

The present reflection seeks to approach anew the horizon opened by Pope John Paul II’s perspective on the body as “sacrament.” What follows is an attempt to explicate the claim that the essential truth of the body revealed in its givenness is love. That is, the body, in the pope’s evocative words, is “a sign that efficaciously transmits in the visible world the invisible mystery hidden in God from eternity.” The goal is to show just how deeply the body is implicated in the mystery of human identity, action, and the eternal love offered to man by the mystery of God’s assuming of the human nature in the Son.

The Logic of Love and the First-Person Perspective in Moral Theology. A Response to Livio Melina

By Stefan Kaminski|2024-01-03T22:33:53+01:007 November 2021|Action, Fundamental Morals, John Paul II, Love, Truth|

That love is needed for moral discernment is a central thesis in Livio Melina’s paper. An old Latin proverb says, Ubi amor, ibi oculus – where love is, there is the eye. According to St. Thomas, the rightness of judgment can come to be in two ways: in one way, following the complete use of reason, in another way, because of a certain kinship (connaturalitas) with what one must judge at present. And this connaturality or kinship itself comes to be through love.

Areopagus and Golgotha

By Stephan Kampowski|2024-01-03T22:34:59+01:0026 October 2021|Europe, Freedom, John Paul II, Truth|

On October 9, Prof. Stanisław Grygiel received in Warsaw the "Totus Tuus" award for promoting the teaching of St. John Paul II. This is the most important Catholic award in Poland, also called the Catholic Nobel Prize. It is awarded by the Foundation "Works for the New Millennium" of the Polish Episcopal Conference. On this occasion he delivered the speech reproduced here.

Man and Woman He Created Them: The Language of the Body, the Language of Love

By Juan de Dios Larrú|2024-01-03T22:38:40+01:0016 October 2021|Affectivity, Body, Creation, John Paul II, Love, Marriage and Family, Sexuality, The Twelve Theses, Twelve Theses|

What is our body? Who is our body? In the light of the John Paul II’s Catecheses on human love, one comes to see that the body is the epiphany of our person: made in the image of God, redeemed by Christ and called to find its full meaning in the total gift of self. And, as God never ceases to pour His love unto us, we thus receive, in Christ, a new measure of human love, that we were eternally destined to receive: to be capable of loving one another with the very same love of our Redeemer.

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