01_Somata, Meaning “Bodies” – Physical Healing and Faith Series

It’s hard to impossible to be physically healthy when you hate your body. Media, trauma, disease, pregnancies, abuse, ageing, bullying – how a person perceives her appearance and feels in his body directly impacts his or her physical health. What is the truth about your body?

“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 . . . For this reason man may not despise his bodily life. Rather he is obliged to regard his body as good and to hold it in honour since God has created it and will raise it up on the last day” (CCC 364-365). 

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L | Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)

O | Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

What events or relationships in your life affected your body image? Have you talked to God about that? Do you see your body at all differently after this episode?

V | Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Tell Him everything in your heart right now. 

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E | Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful. Enkindle in them the fire of Your love, and there shall be a new creation, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Amen. +

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What We Discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:12:00 – Outline of the new series, biblical emphasis on the body for salvation

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Christian view on human person as spirit and matter, “woven veil” in the OT tabernacle and the body as a veil for the Spirit of God in the Holy of Holies of the soul

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – heresies from church history regarding the body; Gospel of the Body; Incarnation, Assumption, and Resurrection

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – physical healing in the Bible and throughout church history, Veritatis Splendor on what one does in the body affects the soul and vice versa


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