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Mystery of Man's Original Innocence In his General Audience of 30 January , the Holy Father pursued his examination of the Theology of the Body by dwelling on the mystery of man's original innocence, that purity of heart which enabled Adam and Eve to give themselves to each other in love, as the effect of grace. A Mutual Gift for Each Other In his General Audience of 6 February , the Holy Father reexamined the nuptial meaning of the body, in the mutual gift of self by our first parents, in the context of their original innocence. Original Innocence and Man's Historical State In his General Audience of 13 February , the Holy Father reexamined our first parents' original innocence, as their nature was originally graced, how it affected their relationship to each other and the nuptial meaning of their bodies as male and female.

Created in the image of God, man Adam and Eve entered the world as a primordial sacrament, a sign to the visible world of the invisible mystery hidden in God, the mystery of truth and love, the mystery of divine life, in which man really participates. Mystery of Woman Revealed in Motherhood In his General Audience of 12 March , the Holy Father further examined the concept of mutual "knowledge" between the first man and woman.

The woman is brought to full awareness of the mystery of creation, in its renewal in human generation. He further examined biblical "knowledge," as the nuptial relationship before the fall, a mutual, disinterested gift of self between spouses, contrasting it with the same relationship as a remedy for death after the fall. Only by going back to the "beginning," as Christ did in answering the Pharisees on divorce, can we get a total vision of man, male and female, and only so can we adequately understand marriage and procreation.

Ethical and Anthropological Content of the Commandment: He examined the meaning of adultery, which is a breach in the unity of husband and wife, even if only by an interior act "adultery in the heart". He cited the case of David and Bathsheba. He examined the three-fold lust, of the flesh, of the eyes, and the pride of life, by which man broke God's original covenant. Real Significance of Original Nakedness In his General Audience of 14 May , the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body, explaining the nakedness of man after the fall as not merely physical.

Furthermore, he suffered a loss in what belongs to his nature itself, to humanity in the original fullness of the image of God.


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The shame experienced by man after his fall expressed a deeper shame, called "cosmic," reflecting a new disorder in his nature, by which not only was the relationship between man and woman affected, but the relationship between body and spirit. He examined the radical transformation wrought by lust and shame in the original relationship between the first man and woman.

Because of their sin, the man and woman feel shame toward each other, their communion is weakened, and he will exercise dominion over her. After the fall, human sexuality was marked by a certain "coercion of the body," which subverts the expression of the spirit seeking the communion of persons, male and female, through a mutual gift of self. The nuptial meaning of the body is destroyed when man or woman seeks to possess the other as an object, but not when each belongs to the other through self-giving.

Sermon on the Mount to the Men of Our Day In his General Audience of 6 August , the Holy Father, continuing his catechesis on Theology of the Body, examined the the "hardness of heart," which all men share with Our Lord's auditors, and its connection with the three-fold lust which is our heritage from Adam. Content of the Commandment: He presented Our Lord's teaching against adultery "in the heart" as a return to the spirit of the law, whose letter had been stretched to allow polygamy.

He examines the emphasis of the matrimonial law on the "procreative end of marriage," and of the prophets on the uniqueness of the spousal relationship between God and Israel, contrary to the prevailing polygamy. Adultery is a sin of the body, violating exclusive matrimonial rights between a man and a woman, which constitutes a breakdown of the personal covenant between them.

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Meaning of Adultery Transferred from the Body to the Heart In his General Audience of 3 September , the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, focusing on adultery, its place in the Wisdom tradition, and the change in emphasis introduced by Christ. He gave a description of the inner effects of lust from the Wisdom tradition and then compared it with the teaching of Christ on "adultery in the heart.

The mutual attraction between a man and a woman, encompassing a "gamut of spiritual-corporal desires," to which a "proportionate pyramid of values" corresponds, differs from lust, in that the latter reduces the pyramid to one level, sex, as an object of gratification. When a woman is looked at lustfully by a man, she ceases to be regarded as a subject of personal attraction or communion, but only as an object of sexual satisfaction. And when this "intention" reaches the will, the man himself becomes enslaved. It is not merely a matter of lusting after a woman who is not one's wife, but of looking at her in a way dismissive of her dignity as well as of one's own.

Interpreting the Concept of Concupiscence In his General Audience of 8 October , the Holy Father concluded his analysis of adultery in the heart, by observing that it is an attitude of a man toward a woman or vice versa which reduces the communion of persons to satisfaction of an instinct. One may be guilty of this attitude towards one's own spouse. Gospel Values and Duties of the Human Heart In his General Audience of 15 October , the Holy Father continued his analysis of "adultery in the heart" by distinguishing condemnation of lust from a condemnation of the body.

Christ warned against lusting after a woman, not to condemn the body as evil Manichaeism , but to condemn the devaluation of the body in its nuptial meaning, i. Power of Redeeming Completes Power of Creating In his General Audience of 29 October , the Holy Father continued his catechesis on "adultery in the heart" by examining the three forms of lust "of the flesh," "of the eyes," and the "pride of life" spoken of by St.

John 1 Jn 2: The truth of his humanity, the ability to love, is deeper than the three lusts. Eros and Ethos Meet and Bear Fruit in the Human Heart In his General Audience of 5 November , the Holy Father explained that the warning of Christ against looking lustfully at a woman is less an accusation than an appeal, that what the heart desires eros should also be what is right ethos.

The Mature Result of Conscience In his General Audience of 12 November , the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining the notion that subjection of an erotic attraction to an ethical form deprives it of its spontaneity. Christ Calls Us to Rediscover the Living Forms of the New Man In his General Audience of 3 December , the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, with regard to adultery in the heart, by focusing on the ethos of redemption, which calls for temperance in the natural erotic attraction between a man and a woman.

Purity of Heart In his General Audience of 10 December , the Holy Father completed his study of adultery in the heart with a consideration of purity of heart, and how the Lord distinguished this from mere ritual purity. Justification in Christ In his General Audience of 17 December , the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining the conflict between "flesh" and "spirit" in the teaching of St. The lusts of the worldly man can be overcome by his spirit when empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Paul's doctrine of justification, and in particular the opposition between life according to the flesh and life according to the Spirit of God. Paul's teaching on life according to the Spirit. It is purity of heart, which is the necessary condition for charity and true freedom. Paul's teaching on purity, in 1 Thessalonians 4, that we should control our bodies in holiness and honor.

Paul's teaching on the body from 1 Corinthians The human body is more than the sum of its biological characteristics.

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It is permeated by the "whole reality of the person and of his dignity. Paul's teaching on purity. It is identifiable as the virtue of temperance, but includes an element of respect for the body, as a temple of the Holy Spirit. This virtue is reinforced by piety, a gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit, by which God is glorified. Positive Function of Purity of Heart In his General Audience 1 April , the Holy Father gathered the main threads of his teaching on Theology of the Body, as based on the words of Christ on man's creation as male and female, and his warning against adultery in the heart.

Lust can be displaced only by purity of heart, which, in the teaching of St. Paul, is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Local congregations must discuss issues as important and relevant as the role of gender and the ideals for Christian marriage. When was the last time you participated in a small group discussion, heard a sermon or lecture, or engaged in study with others about these issues?

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