Body and Soul
Updated: Dec 21, 2018
If I were to ask you which statement was true “I have a soul” or “I am a soul”, which one would you choose? Majority would choose “I am a soul”, and that is correct. Now what if I were to ask you again which statement was true, “I have a body or I am a body”, which one would you choose? Majority would choose “I have a body”. Curve ball coming your way ladies! That is FALSE! The correct statement is actually I AM A BODY.
Follow with me as I unpack this!
Let’s go straight to the Catechism! In CCC 364 it states “The human body shares in the dignity of the ‘image of God’: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit”. But wait…it goes on! CCC 365 “The unity of the soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the ‘form’ of the body: i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter becomes a living human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature.”
Our body and our soul is so incredible interconnected that it cannot be two separate things. There is only one moment when they become separated, and that is called death. The body is not an object that we own. If we say “I have a body” that means that we can quite literally hold it like a thing, the same way we say “I have a phone” or “I have a sweater”. In moments like these I always like going back to St. John Paul II because he always had the best words to explain. Listen to what he writes in his “Letter to the Families - #19: “The human body can never be reduced to mere matter. It is a SPIRITUALIZED BODY, just as man’s spirit is so closely united to the body that he can be described as an EMBODIED SPIRIT”.
My dear ladies, how do we view our bodies? Do we believe that it is just a vessel that carries our soul and then dies off at the end of our life? Or do we believe that it has a deeper and unique nature? I am only scraping the surface with this today but we will continue diving into this concept next month!
Here is my take-away for this month that I want you to focus on: How do I view my body? Do I take care of my body like I take care of my soul and vice versa? Do I treat my body like a thing that I own? I encourage you ladies to dive into the Catechism with this one as well! It is FILLED with explaining this incredible union of Body and Soul (I will post paragraph numbers bellow).
Join us next month when we go deeper into this body-soul union and focus on why the Catholic church does not believe in reincarnation.
Love and Prayers, -Sandra
Catechism of the Catholic Church References: -CCC 362-365