Blessed John Paul Ii's Theology Of The Body

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Blessed John Paul II was one of the most influential figures of the Catholic Church in modern times. He touched the lives of many Catholics around the world is due to be canonized as a Saint for all the works and efforts he was involved in throughout his life.

The Theology of the Body is a novel that contains numerous addresses, 129 to be exact, that are divided into cycles that focus on specific remarks made by Christ and allow for the reader to analyze them and draw their conclusions from scripture. These cycles also are accompanied with the opinion of the Blessed Holy Father John Paul II as he discusses his point of view along with Christ.
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The second collections of three cycles emphasize the utilization of the previous words of Christ but are applied to the other important issues of marriage, celibacy and virginity, and contraception. The fourth cycle will pertain to celibacy and virginity, the fifth will emphasize the sacrament of marriage and the sixth cycle will involve the act of contraception. All these previous conclusions applied and discussed toward them.
I believe that the most valuable ideal to be taken from enveloping in the written work of the Theology of the Body is that the body and soul of a human being have dignity and their value is unmatched and priceless. The body is a recreation of God himself, an image to remind of us of who created us because it is an expression of love he has for each person. Dignity and value are vividly illuminated and illustrated in the simple fact that each human is unique. There is no two alike on this Earth, whether that be two men or two women, each person has unique traits and attributes that can only be stated as God’s personal gift to you. It truly shows that each of us is exemplary and special in your own way. We may all share common characteristics but we are separated through ethnic and national backgrounds that shape our heritage and personality. It is no mistake that God allowed us to be so similar but at the same time so different. It was his will to make unrepeatable and extraordinary human beings so that each can leave their own positive mark on his world. No one is duplicated and although we were made in God’s image, we can only strive for perfection in his likeness but we can never completely and authentically represent or emulate God.

The written work of the Theology of the Body is a very powerful book because it offered a different approach and interpretation of Catholic heritage and teaching that differed from the previous Saints of Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas. Saint Augustine represented a Western European opinion of the faith and it was the first attempt to unify their presentation of faith (Hogan). On the other hand, John Paul II represents a more modern viewpoint of what Catholics should think about important life issues and situations. The life and culture that Saint...

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