John Paul II - Theology of the Body


Theology of the Body
Pope John Paul II's Vision on Human Love

General Audiences
September 5, 1979 to November 28, 1984

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1979 1980
Sep 05- Of the Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage
Sep 12- Biblical Account of Creation Analyzed
Sep 19- The Second Account of Creation: the Subjective
                Definition of Man
Sep 26- Boundary Between Original Innocence and
Oct 10- Meaning of Man's Original Solitude
Oct 24- Man's Awareness of Being a Person
Oct 31- The Alternative Between Death and Immortality
Nov 07- Original Unity of Man and Woman
Nov 14- Man Becomes the Image of God by Communion
                of Persons

Nov 21- Marriage One and Indissoluble in the First
                Chapters of Genesis
Jan 02- Creation as a Fundamental and Original Gift
Jan 09- Revelation and Discovery of the Nuptial Meaning
               of the Body

Jan 16- The Man-Person Becomes a Gift in the Freedom
               of Love

Jan 30- Mystery of Man's Original Innocence
Feb 06- Man and Woman: a Mutual Gift for Each Other
Feb 13- Original Innocence and Man's Historical State
Feb 20- Man Enters the World as a Subject of Truth and

Mar 05- Analysis of Knowledge and of Procreation
Mar 12- Mystery of Woman Revealed in Motherhood
Mar 26- Knowledge-Generation Cycle and Perspective of
Apr 02- Marriage in the Integral Vision of Man

Apr 16- Christ Appeals to Man's Heart
Apr 23- "You Shall Not Commit Adultery"
Apr 30- Lust Is the Fruit of the Breach of the Covenant
                With God
May 14- Real Significance of Original Nakedness
May 28- A Fundamental Disquiet in all Human Existence
Jun 04-  Relationship of Lust to Communion of Persons
Jun 18- Dominion Over the Other in the Interpersonal
Jun 25- Lust Limits Nuptial Meaning of the Body
Jul  23- The  Heart a Battlefield Between Love and Lust
Jul  30- Opposition in the Human Heart Between the    
               Spirit and the Body

Aug 06- Sermon on the Mount to the Men of Our Day
Aug 13- The Content of the Commandment: You Shall Not
                Commit Adultery

Aug 20- Adultery According to the Law and as Spoken by
                the Prophets

Aug 27- Adultery: A Breakdown of the Personal

Sep 03- Meaning of Adultery Transferred From the Body
               to the Heart

Sep 10-Concupiscence as a Separation From Matrimonial
               Significance of the Body

Sep 17- Mutual Attraction Differs From Lust
Sep 24- Depersonalizing Effect of Concupiscence
Oct 01- Establishing the Ethical Sense
Oct 08- Interpreting the Concept of Concupiscence
Oct 15-
Gospel Values and Duties of the Human Heart
Oct 22- Realization of the Value of the Body According to
               the Plan of the Creator

Oct 29- Power of Redeeming Completes Power of

Nov 5-   Eros and Ethos Meet and Bear Fruit in the Human Heart
Nov 12- Spontaneity: The Mature Result of Conscience
Dec 10- Purity of Heart
1981 1982

Jan 07-Opposition Between the Flesh and the Spirit
Jan 14-Life in the Spirit Based on True Freedom
Jan 28-St. Paul's Teaching on the Sanctity and Respect of the
             Human Body

Feb 04-St.Paul's Description of the Body and Teaching on Purity
Feb 11-The virtue of Purity is the Expression and Fruit of Life
              According to the Spirit

Mar 18-The Pauline Doctrine of Purity of Life According to the

Apr 01-Positive Function of Purity of Heart
Apr 08-Pronouncement of Magisterium Apply Christ's Words

Apr 15-The Human Body, Subject of Works of Art
Apr 22-Reflections on the Ethos of the Human Body in Works of
               Artistic Culture

Apr 29-Art Must Not Violate the Right to Privacy
May 06-Ethical Responsibilities in Art
Nov 11-Marriage and Celibacy in the Light of the Resurrection of
               the Body

Nov 18-The Living God Continually Renews the Very Reality of

Dec 02-The Resurrection and Theological Anthropology
Dec 09-The Resurrection Perfects the Person
Dec 16-Christ's Words on the Resurrection Complete the
               Revelation of the Body


Jan 13-New Threshold of Complete Truth About Man
Jan 27-Doctrine of the Resurrection According to St. Paul
Feb 03-The Risen Body will be Incorruptible, Glorious,
               Dynamic, and Spiritual

Feb 10-Body's Spiritualization Will be Source of its Power and

Mar 10-Virginity or Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom
Mar 17-The Vocation to Continence in this Earthly Life
Mar 24-Continence for the Sake of the Kingdom Meant to
               Have Spiritual Fulfillment

Mar 31-The Effective and Privileged Way of Continence
Apr 07-Superiority of Continence Does not Devalue Marriage
Apr 14-Marriage and Continence Complement Each Other
Apr 21-The Value of Continence is Found in Love
Apr 28-Celibacy is a Particular Response to the Love of the
              Divine Spouse

May 05-Celibacy for the Kingdom Affirms Marriage
Jun 23-Voluntary Continence Derives From a Counsel, Not a

Jun 30-The Unmarried Person is Anxious to Please the Lord
Jul 07-Everyone Has His Own Gift to God, Suited to His

Jul 14-The Kingdom of God, not the World, is Man's Eternal

Jul 21-Mystery of the Body's Redemption Basis of Teaching
             on Marriage and Voluntary Continence

Jul 28-Marital Love Reflects God's Love For His People
Aug 04-The Call to be Imitator's of God and to Walk in Love
Aug 11-Reverence for Christ the Basis for Relationship
               Between Spouses

Aug 18-A Deeper Understanding of the Church and Marriage
Aug 25-St. Paul's Analogy of the Union of Head and Body
Sep 01-Sacredness of the Human Body and Marriage
Sep 08-Christ's Redemptive Love Has Spousal Nature
Sep 15-Moral Aspects of the Christian's Vocation
Sep 22-Relationship of Christ to the Church Connected with
              the Tradition of the Prophets

Sep 29-Analogy of Spousal Love Indicates the Radical
               Character of Grace

Oct 06-Marriage is the Central Point of the Sacrament of

Oct 13-Loss of Original Sacrament Restored with Redemption
              in Marriage-Sacrament

Oct 20-Marriage an Integral Part of New Sacramental

Oct 27-Indissolubility of Sacrament of Marriage in Mystery
              of the Redemption of the Body

Nov 24-Christ Opened Marriage to the Saving Action of God
Dec 01-Marriage Sacrament an Effective Sign of God's
               Saving Power
Dec 15-The Redemptive and Spousal Dimensions of Love

1983 1984

Jan 05-The Substratum and Content of the Sacramental Sign
              of Spousal Communion

Jan 12-The Language of the Body in the Structure of Marriage
Jan 19-The Sacramental Covenant in the Dimension of Sign
Jan 26-Language of the Body Strengthens the Marriage

Feb 09-Man Called to Overcome Concupiscence

May 23-Return to the Subject of Human Love in the Divine Plan
May 30-Truth and Freedom the Foundation of True Love
Jun 06-Love is Ever Seeking and Never Satisfied
Jun 27-Love is Victorious in the Struggle Between Good and

Jul 04-The Language of the Body: Actions and Duties Forming
             the Spirituality of Marriage

Jul 11-Morality of Marriage Act Determined by the Nature of
             the Act and of the Subjects

Jul 18-The Norm of Humanae Vitae Arises From the Natural
             Law and the Revealed Order

Jul 25-Importance of Harmonizing Human Love With Respect
             for Life

Aug 01-Responsible Parenthood
Aug 08-Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission
               of Life

Aug 22-Church's Position on Transmission of Life
Aug 28-A Discipline that Ennobles Human Life
Sep 05-Responsible Parenthood Linked to Moral Maturity
Oct 03-Prayer, Penance, and the Eucharist: Principle
              Sources of Spirituality for Married Couples

Oct 10-The Power of Love is Given to Man and Woman as a
              Share in God's Love

Oct 24-Continence Protects the Dignity of the Conjugal Act
Oct 31-Continence Frees One From Inner Tension
Nov 07-Continence Deepens Personal Communion
Nov 14-Christian Spirituality of Marriage by Living According
               to the Spirit

Nov 21-Respect for the Work of God
Nov 28-Conclusion to the Series: Redemption of the Body and    
               Sacramentality of Marriage