7. General Audience, October 31, 1979
1. The philosophical anthropology is expressed in the Lord God formed man with dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being Gen. 2:7 expressing the relationship between soul and body.
This living being is distinguished from all other living beings of the visible world. From the beginning awareness of man’s superiority: only he is able to cultivate the earth and subdue. Only he is able to name the creatures.
2. The structure of this body is such that it permits him to be the author of genuinely human activity -- in this activity the body expresses the person -- who man is and ought to be -- as a result of his consciousness and self-determination.
The Alternative between Death and Immortality
2. Man is placed before thy mystery of the tree of knowledge, You may eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for when you eat of it you shall certainly die Gen. 2:16-17). Man’s existence that he received from the Creator is that of subjectivity and bodyliness.
John Paul asks the question whether man could have understood the words “you shall die” since man’s only experience was that of existing in this life.This word “die” must have appeared as a radical antithesis of everything that man had been endowed with.
5th General Audience, October 10, 1979
1. In Gen. 2:18, God says, coming from the Yawhist tradition, the second account of creation,
“It is not good that the man should be alone; I want to make him a help similar to himself”.
John Paul makes two significant points:
1. the first man adam [person] is created from the dust of the ground and this comes before the creation of woman. Gen. 2:7; and
2.the first man is defined as male ish, only after the creation of woman ishshah Gen. 2:21-22
1. General Audience of September 5, 1979
1. John Paul begins his audience in reference to the Synod of Bishops which will meet in Rome in the Fall of 1980, with the topic, De muneirbus famliae christianae “The role of the Christian family.”
[Delivered as an Apostolic Exhortation on the feast of Christ the King in 1981, Familiaris Consortio.]
The family as the community of Christian life that has been fundamental from the beginning.
The Lord used the word “beginning” in reference to marriage in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark.
Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.
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