St. John Paul II’s TOB is most often framed as an extended catechesis on human sexuality and married love. It is that, to be sure, but, as John Paul II observed, what we learn in the TOB “concerns the whole Bible” and the “whole mission of Christ.” Wearing John Paul II’s “spousal lenses,” West takes us on a tour of the Sunday readings throughout the liturgical year and opens their hidden meaning, allowing God’s word to take flesh in our own lives.
In a clearly written introduction, West provides a primer on TOB—an overview of its main teachings and an explanation of how these teachings brilliantly illuminate the whole story of salvation from Genesis to Revelation.
In Word Made Flesh, West offers distinctive reflections on all fifty-two Sunday readings from the first Sunday of Advent through Christ the King Sunday. Some weeks he focuses primarily on the Gospel, while in others he emphasizes a specific passage or verse from one of the other readings. The reflections naturally and deeply connect with the human experience of living with body and soul in the world while also contemplating the nature of the glorified body in the eternal kingdom to come.
The material in Word Made Flesh can be used as a weekly devotional or as a preparation for Sunday Mass. Subsequent editions of Word Made Flesh will be released prior to the start of liturgical cycles A (Advent 2019) and B (Advent 2020).
Christopher West is cofounder, president, and senior lecturer of the Theology of the Body Institute. His global lecturing, bestselling books, and multiple audio and video programs have made him one of the world’s most recognized teachers of TOB.
West is the author of more than a dozen books, including Theology of the Body Explained, Theology of the Body for Beginners, and Good News about Sex and Marriage. His work has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC News, MSNBC, and Fox News, and on countless Catholic and evangelical media platforms.
Each topic begins with a simple excerpt from Pope Benedict's writings or teachings, followed by these helpful prompts for thoughtful meditation:
Think About It - Points that serve as a springboard for prayerful consideration of each meditation topic.
Just Imagine - Brings to life a scene from the Scriptures, tying it to the issue at hand.
Remember - A simple memorization passage to help you work through the meditation topic.
Let the Holy Father help you hear God's voice in everything you do!
Carefully selected to lift your soul to God in those hectic days that stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas, these forty daily meditations will keep you mindful of the real meaning of Christmas while affording you an admirable distillation of the doctrines and piety of our Holy Catholic Church.
With the help of Bishop Bossuet and the sense of God's grandeur and love that permeates his every word all through the rush toward Christmas you'll stay mindful of the holy words of Isaiah foretelling the birth of our savior; you'll find yourself marveling at the Annunciation and the Visitation; you'll rejoice in anticipation of the coming birth of Jesus; and, finally, you ll look forward to kneeling with St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin in silent adoration of the incarnate Son of God.
This year, you won't (as so often happens) arrive at Midnight Mass distracted, exhausted, and frazzled, having neglected your Advent devotions and your ordinary prayers, too. Instead, you'll find yourself stepping lightly into church, ready and eager to adore the newborn King, your soul what it should be: a fit dwelling place for the Redeemer. Don't waste another Advent! Let Meditations for Advent keep you prayerful amidst the worst distractions of the holiday season. Let it draw you daily closer to Jesus, whose birth the season celebrates, and whose birth your soul yearns to celebrate, too.
For such a time as this have we been given Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Based on the words of Jesus, Blessed John Paul II’s famous reflections on the body and sex take us to the root of the modern crisis and chart the path to an authentic sexual liberation. Yet the late Pope’s dense scholarship often intimidates the average person.
In his previous book, Theology of the Body Explained, Christopher West offered a more detailed, six-hundred page commentary on Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
Here, West provides a short and popular summary of the Pope’s revolutionary teaching:
● What is the meaning of life?
● Why did God create us male and female?
● Why is there evil in the world and how do we overcome it?
● How do we attain true happiness on earth?
● What kind of joys await us in heaven?
● How can we experience the love we long for in the depth of our hearts?
The first edition of Theology of the Body for Beginners (2004) quickly became an international best-seller. This freshly revised and expanded edition is based on Dr. Michael Waldstein’s much improved translation of John Paul II's catechesis.
New for this edition:
● All quotations have been updated with the new translation
● Key insights discovered through Dr. Waldstein’s access to the John Paul II archives have been incorporated
● The outline of the text has been substantially reorganized to reflect the newly discovered outline of Blessed John Paul II’s original manuscript
● Blessed John Paul II’s “hidden” and previously untranslated addresses are summarized