2019 Symposium Abstract 8: Adam Cooper - "When Lovemaking Becomes Liturgy: John Paul II's Reflections on Song of Songs and Tobit"

Feast of the Venerable St Dominica the Righteous

Pope St. John Paul II’s mammoth Theology of the Body is best understood as a big bible study on Christ and bodily human redemption. In his catecheses on the biblical books of Song of Songs and Tobit, the great pope reflects on the interplay between eros and agape in marriage - their characteristic elements, their proper beauty and form, their tension and resolution - and shows above all how faith-filled prayer in the face of death effectively enables the language of the body to become the language of worship. 

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