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
- Cool Extra Quotes
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It must be destiny...


Escha-what-a? My thoughts exactly. Basically, a big papal word for heaven and what it's like up with the Big Guy.

The Pope gets into a reflection on heaven because it gives a meaning and ultimate culmination of the previous two experiences of man. Both of those experiences are meant to present the body as a sign that will give way to ultimate fulfillment in heaven.

If all of this seems a little abstract, good, you're normal. We're talking about heaven here people! As the Pope says, "it is necessary to let oneself be guided by that 'range of experience' of truth and love which goes beyond the limits of the cognitive and spiritual possibilities of man in temporality." (TOB, 242) Basically, use your imagination, and have some faith. Ok, those can be difficult, so I'll try to help out a little more.

Many Christians have this belief that our bodies are just vessles carrying the really important thing- our souls. NOT TRUE! Remeber when Christ ascended into Heaven and then returned? His body was changed and the apostles didn't recognize Him right away, but His body was not left behind or separated from His soul.

Perhaps the most exciting, and revolutionary, part of theology of the body is that marriage and celibacy in vocation, as sacraments, are analogies for what we will experience in heaven. Really, those two sacraments are meant to be earthly foretastes of what is to come.

Did you hear that?? It means that we can almost experience heaven on earth through either married life or religious life. Wow! Don't believe me? Take it from the Pope:

"Marriage and procreation in itself did not determine definitively the original and fundamental meaning of the body, or of a being, as a body, male and female. Marriage and procreation merely give a concrete reality to that meaning in the dimension of history." (TOB, 247)
"That perennial meaning of the body- to which the existence of every man, weighed down by the heritage of concupiscence, has necessarily brought a series of limitations, struggles, and sufferings- will then be recealed again in such simplicity and splendor when every participant in the 'other world' will find again in his glorified body the source of the freedom of the gift." (TOB, 248)
"In the resurrection, 'penetration and permeation of what is essentially human by what is essentially divine, will then reach its peak so that the life of the human spirit will arrive at such fullness which previously had been absolutely inaccessible to it.' God will communicate 'His very divinity not only to man's soul, but to his whole psychosomatic subjectivity.'" (NWS, 36)
"...this way eschatological reality will become the source of the perfect realization of the 'trinitarian order' [unity and distinction] in the created world of persons." (TOB, 245)

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