The Treasure of the ‘Hidden Talks’ of the Theology of the Body: New Insights and Implications
Dr. Michael Waldstein
Theology of the Body notes were started on the feast of the Immaculate Concepcion in 1975. And the notes had a quote regarding Mary on the margins – from Song of Songs.
- When John Paul II became Pope, he wanted to publish the Theology of the Body as a book. But was told that Pope don’t publish books. So he cut up the books and preached it during his Wednesday audiences.
- TOB was translated from Polish to Italian to English. But Pope JP II did not have time to go over the Italian version; and it missed out on a lot of things from the Polish translation. In the year, the more DEFINITIVE translation will come out.
- When Pope JP II died, his writings were ordered burned. But the Cardinal in charge said he didn’t find anything worth burning. So the TOB was able to be studied.
- So now, the headings in the TOB are the original headings of the Polish manuscript.
Song of Songs is where there is the experience of the beauty of love.
- Love of man and woman in front of each other at the point when love starts to grow
- Scent of Lebanon: The man has to consider the woman as sister : My sister, my bride
- Metaphorically speaking
- Closeness between the two of them
- Not simply the fruit of erotic attraction
- Fruit of the Garden, meeting at the well
- Mastery of mystery: enables her to give of herself
- The woman is the master of her own feminine mystery
- Total gift expressed in words, and then the whole body
- Need for a continual search, a continual openness
- A continual search for the other has to take place because you see a depth in the other person of which you can never close your grip.
- Most profound teaching on the Sacrament of Marriage: This can do a LOT for marriages