1. Michael
    September 3, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    I enjoy your blog postings, yet another beautiful essay.


    • Keenton Chiang
      September 4, 2013 @ 5:33 am

      Thanks, Michael. That’s high-praise coming from you. I really enjoy reading what you write, as well. God bless your day!


  2. Keenton Chiang
    September 8, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    I was browsing Patheos today and found a post recommending a book about the TOB that I should read, “Theology of the Body for Everybody,” by Leah Perrault. My spiritual study should not be done in a vacuum. Perrault’s book should help me better understand what I’ve already read. In fact, even just from the few excerpts of the book from this post (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/happycatholicbookshelf/2013/08/theology-of-the-body-for-every-body/) is already giving me insights. Very excited to read it.


  3. Keenton Chiang
    September 16, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    JPII sums up what happened after Original Sin as follows:

    … it is only as a consequence of sin, as a fruit of the breaking of the covenant with God in the human heart — in man’s innermost [being] — that the “world” of Genesis became the “world” of the Johannine words (1 Jn 2:15-16), the place and source of concupiscence. (TOB 26:2)

    … what shows itself through “nakedness” is man deprived of participation in the Gift, man alienated from the Love that was the source of the original gift, the source of the fullness of good intended for the creature. This man, according to the formulas of the Church’s theological teaching, was deprived of the supernatural and preternatural gifts that were part of his “endowment” before sin; in addition, he suffered damage in what belongs to nature itself, to humanity in the original fullness “of the image of God.” Concupiscence is to be explained as a lack, as a lack, however, that plunges its roots into the original depth of the human spirit. (TOB 27:2)

    The words, “I was afraid, because I am naked, and I hid myself” (Gen 3:10), attest to a radical change in the relationship. Man in some way loses the original certainty of the “image of God” expressed in his body… Together with this breakdown, the acceptance of the material world in relation to man seems to falter as well. (TOB 27:4)

    He realizes for the first time that his body has ceased drawing on the power of the spirit, which raised him to the level of the image of God. (TOB 28:1)

    It was probably here, in this last quote, where I drew the parallel to my analogy of the flower: Original Sin caused the living water of the Holy Spirit to evaporate from the flower of Adam’s soul. Adam broke the first covenant with God. Every subsequent covenant God made with humanity was difficult for men and women because we lack the full strength of the Holy Spirit. Enough living water to keep our souls from being desiccated, but not enough to keep our souls upright.


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