Tag Archive | body and soul

On Relics and Reverence For the Bodies of the Dead

Angels are pure spirit; animals and plants are purely physical matter. Our glory is to unite the material and the spiritual within our own person. Jesus crowns this human glory in the Incarnation. + There is a tendency today to conclude that when a person dies he is no longer here; he has gone away […]

Why the Resurrection of Our Bodies?

Once we reach the real end of the elongated ‘end times’ in which we are presently living the Church teaches that there will be a general resurrection of all bodies. Here’s the question: why? + There are two big answers to this question. The first overall answer lies the rich theology of restoration that is […]

Redemption: The Salvation and Perfection of the Body

Toward the end of the second century, Irenaeus, the bishop of Lyons, wrote a text called Adversus Haereses (Against the Heresies), and the principle heresy that he identified therein was Gnosticism. […] Scan through Irenaeus’s voluminous writings, and you will find the word “body” over and over again. Creation, Incarnation, Resurrection, the theology of the Church, […]

On Worshiping With Our Whole Being — Body and Soul, Pt. 2

—from Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflections Lent Day 27 – Why Your Body Matters for Prayer Christian prayer is embodied prayer. In C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters we discovered an experienced devil giving lessons to a young temptor. At one point, the veteran orders his young charge to encourage his ‘client,’ a budding Christian, to envision prayer as […]

On Worshiping With Our Whole Being — Body and Soul, Pt. 1

God united divinity and humanity in the person of Christ not to free us from our bodies but to redeem them and all creation. God made us with souls and bodies. God wants us to worship him with our whole being—body and soul. Bowing and kneeling, robes, thrones and crowns, white, scarlet and purple, incense, […]