Christmas and the Glory of the Female Body

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In the midst of a world that continually pornifies and desecrates the female body, it is powerfully healing and redemptive to recognize that Christmas celebrates the ultimate glory of a woman’s body.

Mary reveals what that ultimate glory is: God comes to us through woman’s body!

To recognize woman’s body as the “portal” through which Eternity enters time, through which the Infinite enters the finite so we can be taken into Eternity, into Infinity … to recognize this is to be filled with awe and wonder at the mystery of woman.  It is to be filled with the “spiritually mature fascination” St. John Paul II spoke of in his Theology of the Body.  It’s a holy fascination in woman’s “mystery” that untwists the distorted fascination so prevalent in our world today.

St. John Paul II tells us that the “spiritual maturity of this fascination is nothing but the fruit born of the gift of fear [reverence], one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit” (TOB 117b:4).  Allowing the Holy Spirit to fill us with this gift is to be filled with the wonder of the Church who, as St. John Paul II wrote, “honors and praises throughout the centuries ‘the womb that bore you and the breasts from which you sucked milk’ (Lk 11:27).  These words,” John Paul affirms, “are a eulogy of motherhood, of femininity, of the feminine body in its typical expression of creative love” (TOB 21:5).

Through the mystery of Christmas, God takes on flesh to redeem our flesh.  How can we let the celebration of Christmas redeem our vision of the human body?

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cwestChristopher West is a renowned educator, best-selling author, cultural commentator, and popular theologian who specializes in making the dense scholarship of the late John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” accessible to a wide audience.  As Founder of the Cor Project, he leads a global outreach devoted to cultural renewal through a dynamic and fresh proclamation of the Gospel.

9 Comments

  1. Thank you for this!

    By Bernadette | 2 years ago Reply
  2. Christopher West is awesome. One of his books really helped me. This article is very short but good

    By Kurt | 2 years ago Reply
  3. If we really embrace the mission and real beauty of our body this world would change. Because the love and respect for our selves would spread to others. Let us ask God this Christmas the gift to love and appreciate our body to reveal GOD’S beauty to the world…”Mary reveals what that ultimate glory is: God comes to us through woman’s body!”

    By Mariandrea Cortes | 2 years ago Reply
  4. I just LOVE this! Thank you this is so beautiful, uplifting and healing, so very needed in this wounded world. Here’s to being a portal of the eternal and reminding ourselves and others of what we are called to nurture and adore :) Merry Christmas!!

    By Anabelle | 2 years ago Reply
  5. Thank you for promoting this beautiful Theology of the Body truth that is perfect for Christmas.

    By Sarah | 2 years ago Reply
  6. “Without question a woman is the most beautiful thing on the face of the earth.
    The question;- what will your attitude be toward that beauty?

    By Joseph | 2 years ago Reply
  7. Simply beautiful . What a gift God has given us!

    By Laura | 2 years ago Reply
  8. Yes true indeed Gods plans are beautiful and we need to spend time in silence to listen to his plan.so God willing I indeed to take time daily to commune with God.

    By Pau | 2 years ago Reply
  9. Something that is not very well understood in its spiritual context. Jesus in many ways not only represents a deep restoration of our internal beauty. He is also manifests another aspect of the duality in us and indeed necessary for our planet. The restoration of the divine feminine. I am not sure many people would see this.

    Some of the ideas I read here today echo this thought, though do not say it as I have.

    By Mark | 2 years ago Reply

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