Pope John Paul II-Theology of the Body

johnpauliPope John Paul II began a series of catechesis on the theology of body during his Wednesday audiences for a period of four years starting from 5th September 1979 till 28th November 1984. He expounded the richness of catholic teaching on the various dimensions of our somatic existence and meaning of being sexual and relational. (Courtesy.webpage http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2tbind.htm)

 The following are the themes presented in the catechesis of the pope:

  1. Of the Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage – 5 September 1979
  2. Biblical Account of Creation Analysed-12 September 1979
  3. The Second Account of Creation: The Subjective Definition of Man: -19 September 1979
  4. Boundary Between Original Innocence and Redemption-26 September 1979
  5. Meaning of Man’s Original Solitude-10 October 1979
  6. Man’s Awareness of Being a Person-24 October 1979
  7. In the Very Definition of Man, the Alternative Between Death and Immortality-31 October 1979
  8. Original Unity of Man and Woman-7 November 1979
  9. Man Becomes the Image of God by Communion of Persons-14 November 1979
  10. Marriage One and Indissoluble in First Chapters of Genesis-21 November 1979
  11.  Meaning of Original Human Experiences-12 December 1979
  12. Fullness of Interpersonal Communication-19 December 1979
  13. Creation as a Fundamental and Original Gift-2 January 1980
  14. Revelation and Discovery of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body-9 January 1980,
  15. The Man-Person Becomes a Gift in the Freedom of Love-16 January 1980
  16. Mystery of Man’s Original Innocence-30 January 1980
  17. Man and Woman: A Mutual Gift for Each Other-6 February 1980
  18. Original Innocence and Man’s Historical State-13 February 1980
  19. Man Enters the World as a Subject of Truth and Love-20 February 1980
  20. Analysis of Knowledge and of Procreation (Gen 4.1-2) -5 March 1980
  21. Mystery of Woman Revealed in Motherhood-12 March 1980
  22. Knowledge-Generation Cycle and Perspective of Death-26 March 1980
  23. Marriage in the Integral Vision of Man-2 April 1980
  24. Christ Appeals to Man’s Heart-16 April 1980
  25. You Shall Not Commit Adultery-23 April 1980
  26. Lust is the Fruit of the Breach of the Covenant With God-30 April 1980
  27. Real Significance of Original Nakedness-14 May 1980
  28. A Fundamental Disquiet in All Human Existence-2 June 1980
  29. Relationship of Lust to Communion of Persons-4 June 1980
  30. Dominion Over the Other in the Interpersonal Relation-18 June 1980
  31. Lust Limits Nuptial Meaning of the Body-25 June 1980
  32. The Heart a Battlefield Between Love and Lust-23 July 1980
  33. Opposition in the Human Heart between the Spirit and the Body-30 July 1980
  34. Sermon on the Mount to the Men of Our Day-6 August 1980
  35. Content of the Commandment: You Shall Not Commit Adultery-13 August 1980
  36. Adultery According to the Law and as Spoken by the Prophets-20 August 1980
  37. Adultery: A Breakdown of the Personal Covenant-27 August 1980
  38. Meaning of Adultery Transferred from the Body to the Heart-3 September 1980
  39. Concupiscence as a Separation From Matrimonial Significance of the Body-10 September 1980
  40. Mutual Attraction Differs from Lust-17 September 1980
  41. Depersonalizing Effect of Concupiscence-24 September 1980
  42. Establishing the Ethical Sense-1 October 1980
  43. Interpreting the Concept of Concupiscence-8 October 1980
  44. Gospel Values and Duties of the Human Heart-15 October 1980
  45. Realization of the Value of the Body According to the Plan of the Creator-22 October 1980.
  46. Power of Redeeming Completes Power of Creating-29 October 1980
  47. Eros and Ethos Meet and Bear Fruit in the Human Heart-5 November 2004
  48. Spontaneity: The Mature Result of Conscience-12 November 1980.
  49. Christ Calls Us to Rediscover the Living Forms of the New Man-3 December 1980
  50. Purity of Heart-10 December 1980
  51. Justification in Christ-17 December 1980
  52. Opposition Between the Flesh and the Spirit-7 January 1981
  53. Life in the Spirit Based on True Freedom-14 January 1981
  54. St. Paul’s Teaching on the Sanctity and Respect of the Human Body– 28 January 1981
  55. St. Paul’s Description of the Body and Teaching on Purity-4 February 1981
  56. The Virtue of Purity Is the Expression and Fruit of Life According to the Spirit -11 February 1981
  57. The Pauline Doctrine of Purity as Life According to the Spirit-18 March 1981
  58. Positive Function of Purity of Heart-1 April 1981
  59. Pronouncements of Magisterium Apply Christ’s Words Today-8 April 1981
  60. The Human Body, Subject of Works of Art-15 April 1981
  61. Reflections on the Ethos of the Human Body in Works of Artistic Culture-22 April 1981
  62. Art Must Not Violate the Right to Privacy-29 April 1981
  63. Ethical Responsibilities in Art-6 May 1981
  64. Marriage and Celibacy in the Light of the Resurrection of the Body-11 November 1981
  65. The Living God Continually Renews the Very Reality of Life– 18 November 1981
  66. The Resurrection and Theological Anthropology-2 December 1981.
  67. The Resurrection Perfects the Person-9 December 1981
  68. Christ’s Words on the Resurrection Complete the Revelation of the Body -16 December 1981
  69. New Threshold of Complete Truth About Man-13 January 1982
  70. Doctrine of the Resurrection according to St. Paul-27 January 1982
  71. The Risen Body Will Be Incorruptible, Glorious, Dynamic, and Spiritual-3 February 1982
  72. Body’s Spiritualization Will Be Source of Its Power and Incorruptibility-10 February 1982
  73. Virginity or Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom-10 March 1982
  74. The Vocation to Continence in This Earthly Life-17 March 1982,
  75. Continence for the Sake of the Kingdom Meant to Have Spiritual Fulfillment-24 March 1982
  76. The Effective and Privileged Way of Continence-31 March 1982,
  77. Superiority of Continence Does Not Devalue Marriage-7 April 1982
  78. Marriage and Continence Complement Each Other-14 April 1982,
  79. The Value of Continence Is Found in Love-21 April 1982
  80. Celibacy Is a Particular Response to the Love of the Divine Spouse-28 April 1982
  81. Celibacy for the Kingdom Affirms Marriage– 5 May 1982,
  82. Voluntary Continence Derives From a Counsel, Not From a Command-23 June 1982
  83. The Unmarried Person Is Anxious to Please the Lord-30 June 1982
  84. Everyone Has His Own Gift from God, Suited to His Vocation-7 July 1982
  85. The Kingdom of God, Not the World, Is Man’s Eternal Destiny-14 July 1982
  86. Mystery of the Body’s Redemption-Marriage and Voluntary Continence-21 July 1982.
  87. Marital Love Reflects God’s Love for His People-28 July 1982
  88. The Call to Be Imitators of God and to Walk in Love-4 August 1982
  89. Reverence for Christ the Basis of Relationship Between Spouses-11 August 1982
  90. A Deeper Understanding of the Church and Marriage-18 August 1982
  91. St Paul’s Analogy of the Union of Head and Body-25 August 1982
  92. Sacredness of the Human Body and Marriage-1 September 1982
  93. Christ’s Redemptive Love Has Spousal Nature  -8 September 1982,
  94. Moral Aspects of the Christian’s Vocation-15 September 1982
  95. Relationship of Christ to the Church-Tradition of the Prophets  -22 September 1982
  96. Spousal Love Indicates the Radical Character of Grace-29 September 1982,
  97. Marriage Is the Central Point of the Sacrament of Creation-6 October 1982,
  98. Loss of Original Sacrament-Redemption in Marriage-Sacrament-13 October 1982,
  99. Marriage an Integral Part of New Sacramental Economy-20 October 1982
  100. Indissolubility of of Marriage- Redemption of the Body-27 October 1982
  101. Christ Opened Marriage to the Saving Action of God -24 November 1982
  102. Marriage Sacrament an Effective Sign of God’s Saving Power-1 December 1982
  103. The Redemptive and Spousal Dimensions of Love-15 December 1982
  104. The Substratum and Content of the Sacramental Sign of Spousal Communion  -5 January 1983
  105. The Language of the Body in the Structure of Marriage12 January 1983
  106. The Sacramental Covenant in the Dimension of Sign-19 January 1983
  107. Language of the Body Strengthens the Marriage Covenant-26 January 1983
  108. Man Called to Overcome Concupiscence1983
  109. Return to the Subject of Human Love in the Divine Plan-23 May 1984
  110. Truth and Freedom the Foundation of True Love-30 May 1984
  111. Love Is Ever Seeking and Never Satisfied-6 June 1984
  112. Love Is Victorious in the Struggle Between Good and Evil-27 June 1984
  113. The Language of the Body: Actions and Duties Forming the Spirituality of Marriage-4 July 1984
  114. Morality of Marriage Act Determined by Nature of the Act and of the Subjects-11 July 1984
  115. The Norm of Humanae Vitae Arises from the Natural Law and the Revealed Order-18 July 1984
  116. Harmonizing Human Love with Respect for Life-25 July 1984
  117. Responsible Parenthood-1 August 1984
  118. Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life-8 August 1984,
  119. Church’s Position on Transmission of Life-22 August 1984­
  120. A Discipline That Ennobles Human Love – 28 August 1984
  121. Responsible Parenthood Linked to Moral Maturity-5 September 1984
  122. Prayer, Penance and the Eucharist:Sources of Spirituality for Married Couples-3 October 1984
  123. The Power of Love Is Given to Man and Woman as a Share in God’s Love– 10 October 1984
  124. Continence Protects the Dignity of the Conjugal Act24 October 1984
  125. Continence Frees One from Inner Tension-31 October 1984
  126. Continence Deepens Personal Communion-7 November 1984
  127. Christian Spirituality of Marriage by Living According to the Spirit-14 November 1984
  128. Respect for the Work of God-21 November 1984
  129. Conclusion: Redemption of the Body and Sacramentality of Marriage-28 November 1984