Theology of the Body (Part 1): Eros and Desire


Paul Elarde explores Theology of the Body by looking at eros and the desire and longing which we have to love and be loved. In this talk, Paul introduces the Theology of the Body, its origins and what it is and debunks the common misunderstanding of the body and its desires being bad and contrary to the Spirit of God.

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In this podcast:
  • 0:44: What’s the main reason why people leave the Church today?
  • 3:24: What is Theology of the Body?
  • 6:46: Why did St John Paul II write the Theology of the Body?
  • 13:14: The authentic love of man and woman is Trinitarian by nature.
  • 16:30: Is the Spirit good and the Body bad?
  • 17:37: The three D’s.
  • 21:46: Understanding our desire.
    • 29:28: The ache of our desire and longing.
    • 37:19: What do we do with this ache?
  • 51:38: A religion of desire.

The Immaculata Mission School 2017 was hosted by the Immaculata Community at the Launceston Church Grammar School in Tasmania.

Music Credit: At the Foot of the Cross – Fr Rob Galea

About Author

Paul Elarde is passionate about responding to Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelisation. He has presented faith talks to young adult groups and parishes around Sydney for the past nine years and led groups on pilgrimage to many Marian Shrines in Europe. Paul has worked for the Sydney Archdiocese as coordinator for the pastoral aspects of the visit of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s incorrupt body for WYD08, and on the leadership team for the Sydney Archdiocesan Youth Leaders Formation Courses. He has studied theology and is a graduate from The University of Notre Dame in Sydney.

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