John Paul II’s theology of the body is of great importance and can serve as an inspiration for the affective and sexual education of today’s youth. By revealing the dignity of the person, the beauty of love as a gift of self, the spousal union of man and woman as the original sign of the image of the divine persons, it constitutes a good foundation for the theology of the family and sexual and family ethics.
At the center of this course we will find the relational aspect of the human being. We will focus on the relationships between men and women, especially on conjugal relationships. Inspired by the theology of the body, we will demonstrate the solid foundation for harmonious and lasting relationships.
In today’s world people spend a lot of time taking care of their bodies: food, sports, beauty salons… The physical aspect is more obvious and emphasized, while the moral and spiritual aspects often remain in the shadow. Yet the human person must be seen in his integrity as a physical and spiritual being at the same time. It is important to take care of his « deep spiritual physiognomy » (VS 71). The human being is beautiful when his acts are good, that is, when they are in harmony with the laws of the Creator. In the encyclical Veritatis Splendor John Paul II said: « Human acts are moral acts because they express and determine the goodness or evil of the man who performs them. They do not merely produce a change of state in elements external to man, but, as they are deliberately chosen, they morally qualify the person who performs them and express his deep spiritual physiognomy (VS,71) ». On this depends the quality of our relationships in the couple, in the family and in society.