It has been 36 years since St. Pope John Paul II delivered the last of his 129 weekly addresses known collectively as the Theology of the Body (TOB). As pope, he laid out for the world what has been called an adequate anthropology in which the human body reveals God, that the body is “capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and divine.”
In the four decades following the pope’s series of lectures, theologians have begun unpacking their rich meaning and insights. Inspiring books have been written, excellent ministries have sprung up, and hearts have been inflamed by the profound truth of the depth of God’s love for us and his desire to draw us to Himself so that we can learn to love as He loves. TOB is gaining attention.
But a challenge today exists
Not everyone is being reached by these ministries, and some who do hear about Theology of the Body need an easier introduction than attending a course, reading a book or hoping a live event comes to their area.
An easier entry is needed, and that is Embodied Magazine.
Embodied will follow the lead of St. John Paul II by evangelizing through witness. It tells the stories of those who are living the truths of TOB in order to remind readers who they are and inspire them to also live their lives from a place of divine, self-giving love.
As a beautifully produced magazine with engaging content on contemporary issues, Embodied will witness to what life looks like when we love as God loves. With inspiring content developed for readers from their teens to their nineties, it will help fill a gap that exists in bringing the message of TOB to everyone.
Why a magazine?
Advantage 1: Incredible accessibility.
A magazine subscription is inexpensive and is delivered right to your mailbox. Very accessible to all; less intimidating than a book.
Advantage 2: Completely experiential
TOB will come alive through engaging stories that use beautiful design, imagery, story-telling. God designed us to be drawn to the beautiful to speak to us. Readers will hold Embodied in their hands and experience it physically – an integral component of TOB that is hard to deliver electronically.
Advantage 3: TOB for new audiences and its fans
There are other TOB ministries that unpack the deep mysteries of St. John Paul II’s catechesis. Embodied will first target those largely unfamiliar with TOB or who have only a brief introduction to it. It will also provide connections to support and ongoing development for anyone trying to live out TOB.
This is a magazine its readers will share with others!