A thoughtful, accessible work on the beauty of love and the splendor of the body, inspired by Pope John Paul II.
Christianity has long been regarded as viewing the body as a threat to a persons spiritual nature and of denying its sexual dimension. In 1979, Pope John Paul II departed from this traditional dichotomy and offered an integrated vision of the human body and soul. In a series of talks that came to be known as the theology of the body, he explained the divine meaning of human sexuality and why the body provides answers to fundamental questions about our lives.
In Called to Love, Carl Anderson, chairman of the worlds largest catholic service organization, and Fr. Jose Granados discuss the philosophical and religious significance of the theology of the body in language at once poetic and profound. As they explain, the body speaks of God, it reveals His goodness, and it also speaks of men and women and their vocation to love. Called to Love brings to life the tremendous gift John Paul II bestowed on humanity and gives readers a new understanding of the Christian way of love and how to embrace it fully in their lives.
s Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl A. Anderson is the CEO and chairman of the board of the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, which has more than 1.7 million members. Since Anderson assumed the responsibilities of Supreme Knight in 2000, the Knights of Columbus have achieved new heights in charitable giving, providing more than $139 million directly to charity and 64 million hours in voluntary service in 2008 alone. A member of the bar of the District of Columbia, he and his wife Dorian are the parents of five children.
Carl Anderson and Father Jose Granados write with a clarity, beauty, and intelligence that make these pages a joy to read. But its the content - that makes this book so important. In a culture that increasingly devalues , human life, this is a compelling, wonderfully readable reflection on the theology of the body and the meaning of human love and sexuality. I highly recommend it.
- Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver .
"The presentation by Carl Anderson and Father Jose Granados is clear and engaging-accessible without sacrificing depth. It succeeds in putting `the theology of the body in the truly profound and comprehensive way intended by John Paul IL This book shows how for the late Pope the body bears a new vision of man-or better, a new vision of reality rooted in the personal: the body is an anticipatory sign, and already an expression, of the order of love that best characterizes the meaning of the person."
- David L. Schindler, Provost, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies
Over two millennia, Christian leaders have often spoken of the dichotomy of the body and the soul or described how human sexual urges can undermine spirituality. In 1979, Pope John Paul II departed from those traditions by presenting "Man and Woman, He Created Them: A Theology of the Body," a series of lectures that evolved into encyclicals, letters, and published exhortations. In Called to Love, Catholic layman Carl Anderson and Father Jose Granados discuss the significance of this "theology of the body," explaining the divine meaning of human sexuality and what it means for men and women in the modern world. Thoughtful and accessible; a fine choice for Catholic couples.