08.03.12 ~ Man Enters the World as a Subject of Truth and Love

http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2tb18.htm

Man appears in the visible world as the highest expression of the divine gift, because he bears within him the interior dimension of the gift. With it he brings into the world his particular likeness to God, with which he transcends and dominates also his “visibility” in the world, his corporality, his masculinity or femininity, his nakedness. ← Indecent Exposure, among other things he’s written.

The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus be a sign of it. ← I was actually discussing this with Jimmy the one time I was the only one who showed up to go fishing with him. “What about retarded people and stuff?” he asked me. I thought of the retarded kids I got to work/train with at Tang Soo. I couldn’t find the words I wanted to articulate that sense of great wonder that came over me watching those kids trying so hard to do what is muscle memory to me, and succeeding… !!! They make visible the invisible God in such a unique way, and their disability makes them able to do so in a way that we ‘normal’ people cannot.

It is not so much the destruction of the body of the man created “in the image of God,” as rather the “call to glory” (cf. Rom 8:30). ← The Fall did not change the fact that we are created in the image and likeness of God, nor did it take from us the ability to make the invisible visible through our physical forms. I think sometimes it’s easy for us to forget that. It’s like what Fish was talking to Rose about with regards to purity, how he equated purity with wholeness, a complete lack of brokenness or blemish. Creator, only You take brokenness and create it into beauty once again.

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