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John Paul II's Theology of the Body
(online text and published book with review)
Popular presentations on JPII's
Theology of the Body

(links to resources for further study)
This site is devoted to Christian theology of the body for subjects other than those that were the focus of John Paul II's series of talks titled Theology of the Body that dealt with sexuality and marriage (see valuable links to that topic, lower left). There are other important subjects related to the body, including those listed to the left, which are presented in articles posted here and through links to other articles.

At the heart of this site is the matter of health, sickness, and healing. Among the primary tenets to be described in relation to healing are:

Prayer is a central focus of healing. Prayer, an expression of faith, is a means of healing presented in the Gospels. Prayer does not replace medical help, and there is no conflict between prayer and medical therapy. Turning to prayer as a last resort, when medical therapies have failed, misses the value of prayer in healing; it serves as an integral part of healing.

We are commanded to help heal others. This does not mean that everyone needs to become a medical practitioner, though being a physician is a noble profession which may be likened to a religious vocation. There are many ways to help others in healing aside from technical medical interventions. Self-help, although of a distinct value, should not be the primary center of attention in the concept of healing.

We are to maintain the health of our bodies in order to serve others. Living in a healthy way can be a model for all. Health is a goal, but is not the only satisfactory condition in life; suffering and debility can be seen as having their own value. Effective health maintenance is important for reducing waste of medical resources better reserved for treating unavoidable sickness and injury.

Vatican texts, especially the writings of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, will form a central reference point for several of the presentations.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."

-1 Corinthians 6:19-20


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May the content of this site help the process of unification of the Christian Church, particularly towards the goal expressed by Pope Benedict XVI when he said: "I ask you all to set out with determination on the path of that spiritual ecumenism which, through prayer, opens the doors to the Holy Spirit, who alone can create unity." at Bari, Italy; May 29, 2005