The Theology of the Body is Pope John Paul II's integrated vision of the human person - body, soul, and spirit.
We are persons, each with a body and soul, and each made in the image and likeness of God. We find the meaning of life through finding out theology.htmlwhat it means to image God and what our bodies have to do with it.
We not only image God through the gift of free-will, but also through being in communion with others.
"To be human means to be called to interpersonal communion. Man became the image and likeness of God not only through his own humanity, but also through the communion of persons which man and woman form right from the beginning".
We are created man and woman so that through our bodies it is self-evident to us that we are called to love, called to give ourselves to one another. We find the purpose and meaning of sexuality in this imaging of God - by becoming a gift to another.
Our physical bodies were made precisely to show us this and be the means by which we accomplish this.
"The human body includes right from the beginning… the capacity of expressing love, that love in which the person becomes a gift – and by means of this gift – fulfills the meaning of his being and existence".
Through his Theology of the Body, John Paul II seeks to present to us the Gospel message of love in a new, deep, and profound way. He knows that love is what all people seek. He goes so far as to say:
“Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience love".