Friday, 20 August 2010

Theology of the body quotes

"In the Hebrew mindset, death is where there is no praise of God, because a person is cut off from communion with the Author of Life. In this perspective, God's banishing Adam and Eve from the garden was actually an act of kindness. He did not want them to live forever physically in a condition of seperation from him - a living death that would have been hell on earth." Mary Healy, Men and Women are from Eden.

"If we look at marriage and family, we see that they are not invented by man. The Creator is God and if we want them to function well, we must follow the Creator's instruction. In this way we will be on the right path, because God knows what is good for us." Cardinal Arinze.

"The point of returning to the beginning is not only to rediscover the meaning of marriage but also to help us grasp the significance of being male and female." Mary Healy, Men and women are from Eden.

"The need for love is, indeed the most basic condition for survival. Without it, we die in infancy. Children whose physical needs are provided for- they are fed and changed- but who are not touched and held, cooed at and responded to, literally stop growing. Their pituity glands don't put out enough growth hormone, and they grow very slowly, if at all... Many of them die as young children, and those who do survive are psychologically scarred. Those poor children are sad scientific proof of what we all know in our hearts- that love is the life-force itself." Joan Borysenko, Phd.

"From the original text, we note that God plants Eve opposite Adam. He "plants" her, meaning she is standing straight and is not a slave, nor a servant, not even a complement to the fullness of man, but a partner, a free and equal partner, simlar to him. Here she is, this suitable partner he needed in order to live. She is God's hand come to rescue man and allow him to live, reminding him alwyas that neither power nor possessions will ever allow him to exist and be fulfilled. Only love can make him complete." G. Blaquiere.
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