The Theology of the Body developed by Pope John Paul II reveals the meaning of our creation in the Image of God. Not only is each individual made in the image of God as a reasoning, loving person, but the gifts of self made in marriage and consecrated celibacy image the Holy Trinity, the Community of total gift and response.
"The body and it alone is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and divine. It was created to transfer into the visible world the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus be a sign of it. With this consciousness of the meaning of his own body, man, as male and female, enters the world as a subject of truth and love." Pope John Paul II (Theology of the Body, February 20, 1980)
Understanding the profound implications of the Gift requires a new language worked out by John Paul and presented now in a study guide, A New Language. In four seasons of six sessions each, A New Language takes participants through the Scripture-based Theology of the Body, a joyful understanding of marriage, sexuality, consecrated celibacy, and single fidelity. It provides guidance to and appreciation of all of the Catholic Church's traditional teaching and leads participants to a fuller realization of their sacred calling.
Here are some of the things participants have said about our study guide program: "Through ANL I experienced…
“A new understanding of myself, men and women and how we were meant to be before the fall.
“A new appreciation of Pope John Paul II’s teachings.
“A deeper understanding of the dignity of the body and its original purpose.”
You may use the Donate button below to make a tax-deductible contribution to support the work of Imago Dei. We are grateful for every gift, large or small. Because we are staffed mostly by volunteers, your gift will be used most effectively to provide study materials for those who are learning how to live as Catholics in a world that constantly assaults their personal dignity. Our young people especially need this guidance to help them mature and live a full and holy life. Thank you and may God bless you for your generosity.
Study groups are conducted by facilitators formed in one-day workshops by Imago Dei, Inc. Facilitators are currently located in the United States, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Singapore. The study guide is also available in Spanish, Un Nuevo Lenguaje: Guia de estudio a la teología del cuerpo de Juan Pablo II. An Italian translation is being prepared. An 12-session edition very suitable for youth groups is available.
Imago Dei, Inc., is grateful to Women Affirming Life for initiating and supporting the ANL program during its formative years.