Written by Fr.Richard Nazzareno Farrugia

Theology of the Body

Last month Dar Guzeppa Debono organized a series of lectures on the theme of Relationships at the Sir M.A. Refalo Centre for Further Studies in Victoria, Gozo (aka 6th Form) for first year studies. As part of this week-long course, I was asked to present a paper on the Theology of the Body. Given the short time available, the paper focused on a synthetic introduction regarding Christian anthropology, followed by a brief presentation of three situations that cause alienation from our truth as incarnate beings, to present three instruments that could help us "live" or "inhabit" our bodies in order to comunicate and relate with other human beings.

The attachments to this file contain the slides of the presentation and the core text (both in Maltese) with some bibliographical indications. My personal impression is that this presentation helped show that Christian Revelation sheds new light on our identity as incarnate beings, as unity of body and soul. This deep understading of our bodies as expression of our selves shows us that we are more than just instinct-driven mammals (something that recurs in the various messages about sex that surround our youth - and not only), but we are persons who are our bodies and therefore express themselves through our bodies with responsability and authentic love.

Download this file (Teoloġija tal-Ġisem (TOB).pdf)Teoloġija tal-Ġisem (preżentazzjoni)[Slides użati għall-preżentazzjoni.]1345 kB
Download this file (Theology of the Body_Jan 2013.pdf)Teoloġija tal-Ġisem (paper)[Paper b'indikazzjoni bibliografiċi.]543 kB