Take a look inside a revolution. JPII's Theology of the Body first outlines the different experiences of man's existence. Which one do you want to check out?

Man's Three Cycles

So Now What? A Revolution in Action

-Cycle 4: Celibacy for the Kindgom
- Cycle 5: The Sacramentality of Marriage
- Cycle 6: Love & Fruitfulness
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Our fall, our redemption...


The story of historical man, man after the fall of Adam and Eve, is not a story of fallen man, but rather of man fallen and redeemed..

There were two primary effects of the fall of man from original unity. The first was questioning and denying the free gift of God's love by eating of the fruit and failing to believe that God would really give man His innermost secret and pure love. The second was the entrance of shame and lust into the human experience.

"Questioning in his heart the deepest meaning of the donation, that is, love as the specific motive of the creation and of the original covenant, man turns his back on God-Love, on 'the Father.' In a way, he casts Him out of his heart." (TOB, 111)
"Immanent shame is connected with this interior imbalance. It has a sexual character, because the very sphere of human sexuality seems to highlight especially that imbalance, which springs from lust and especially from the lust of the body...It is as if the 'man of lust'...felt that he had just stopped, also through his own body and sex, being above the world of living beings or animalia. It is as if he felt a specific break of the personal integrity of his own body, especially in what determines its sexuality and is directly connected with the call to that unity in which man and woman 'become one flesh.'" (TOB, 116)

The hope of what the Pope reveals in his reflections on historical man is that we do not have to be bound by the effects of that original sin. It offers hope that we can experience a redemption of our bodies, our desires, to that state of original innocence. While historical man is where man is living in his state of original sin, it is also the state in which Christ enters the world to free us from the laws governing our hearts to offer us redemption and freedom from those laws.

"Christian ethos is characterized by a transformation of the conscience and attitudes of the human person, both man and woman, such as to express and realize the value of the body and sex according to the Creator's original plan, placed as they are in the service of the 'communion of persons.'" (TOB, 163)

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