06.27.10 ~ Mystery of Man’s Original Innocence

http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2tb15.htm

In biblical language, that is, in the language of revelation, the adjective “first” means precisely “of God”: “Adam, the son of God” (cf. Lk 3:38). –> Huh.

It is significant that the affirmation contained in Genesis 2:25—about nakedness mutually free from shame—is a statement unique in its kind in the whole Bible, so that it will never be repeated. On the contrary, we can quote many texts in which nakedness will be connected with shame or even, in an even stronger sense, with ignominy. –> Significant… and indicative of the terrible terrible power of the devil to twist what is beautiful into an unrecognizable mess.

This innocence belongs to the dimension of grace contained in the mystery of creation, that is, to that mysterious gift made to the inner man—to the human heart—which enables both of them, man and woman, to exist from the beginning in the mutual relationship of the disinterested gift of oneself. In that is contained the revelation and at the same time the discovery of the “nuptial” meaning of the body in its masculinity and femininity. –> Compare to… http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/youre-teaching-my-child-what-the-truth-about-sex-education

“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want but I do the very thing I hate…. So then, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:14-15, 17-24; cf. “Video meliora proboque, deteriora sequor” Ovid, Metamorph. VII, 20). — That was worth re-posting here.

  • radication – the process of taking root, or state of being rooted…
  • ignominy – disgrace, dishonor, public contempt…
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