Word Made Flesh: A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle C)

Ave Maria Press
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One of the most influential movements in the Church today is centered on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB), of whose teachings Christopher West is the preeminent translator for a popular audience. In Word Made Flesh: A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle C), West offers reflections on an entire cycle of Sunday Mass readings through the lens of TOB, providing a fresh way to process and act on the Good News by orienting our desires for union with God with our understanding of ourselves and our relationships with others.

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).

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About the author

Christopher West is cofounder and president 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. As founder and president of The Cor Project, he leads an international outreach devoted to helping others learn, live, and share this teaching.

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 & Marriage. His work has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC News, MSNBC, and Fox News, and in countless Catholic and evangelical media.

West has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in TOB at The Theology of the Body Institute, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, the Institute of Priestly Formation, and at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
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Ave Maria Press
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Published on
Sep 7, 2018
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9781594718601
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / Devotional
Religion / Christianity / Catholic
Religion / Holidays / Easter & Lent
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 Broken families, abortion, AIDS, Internet pornography, sexual abuse scandals, homosexual marriage, our Church and our world are in the midst of a profound sexual crisis. Is there a way out?

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

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