Monday, June 05, 2006

New translation of Theology of the Body

Click here for part 1 of the interview with Prof. Michael Waldstein, who did a fresh translation of Pope John Paul II's theology of the body talks.

Prof. Waldstein came to Boston in early February to work with us on the text. He is a wonderful person, a true gentleman. I had the impression that he is so steeped in John Paul's thought of respect for the person that he radiates this in his own life. He is so gracious and kind it was a real treat to meet him!


Clare Krishan said...

It's quite a treat be able to communicate with those "closest to where the action is" so to speak, thank you Sr Lorraine for having the courage to blog! And pass on my gratitude to your fellow Sisters for spreading the "splendour of truth" in print and media!
My comment? Please don't forget the wisdom of those who have gone before (the glasiers of Chartres for example) who recognized that
visual literacy is vital to promoting the message (even one as all-embracing as that taught by JPII). While there is a plethora of books, talks, websites, even TV shows devoted to that theme, I have yet to see the Theology of the Body material expressed well visually. To convey the concepts when sharing with others unfamiliar with them, I use photocopies of tables 1, 2 and 3 from Mary Shivanandan's book 'Crossing the Threshold of Love'. Does anyone at the Daughters of St. Paul bear the title "Illuminator of Manuscripts" probably not, eh? For modern audiences though illustration is an important aspect, see for example the work of Edward Tufte, whose latest book 'Beautiful Evidence' [at] is a treatise on what ails our culture - how we allow ourselves to be duped by false displays: "Making an evidence presentation is a moral act as well as an intellectual activity. To maintain standards of quality, relevance and integrity for evidence, consumers of presentations should insist that presenters be held intellectuall and ethically responsible for what they show and tell. Thus 'consuming' a presentation is also an intellectual and a moral activity."

Art could be "the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down" in the challenge of the new evangelization: while no one enjoys a visit to the dentist, many love browsing the National Geographic while seated in the waiting room (I recall with glee August 2004 issue "Greetings from the Jersey Shore" featuring the IHM Sisters at their summer residence, hanging out their bedlinens to dry). Excellent imagery unfolds complex ideas for a general readership, comforting the most restless soul. IMHO its a shame the Vatican doesn't have a publication in that calibre, but I'll keep praying ... and until then perhaps the Daughters of Sr. Paul may consider helping the lay folks in the pews scale the heights of the late Pope's mystical topology with some insightful charts to guide us? I would have liked to recommend the folks at the new JPII Catholic Media U. in San Diego as partners but it seems the first class doesn't enroll until Fall, so there's not much fruit to harvest there yet unfortunately, and since the new millenium isn't even weaned yet there's much promise and hope... Deo Gratias!

Anonymous said...

Hello from Bulgaria
I happened to find your blog while searching with *life in a convent* didnt know nuns keep blogs as well.
As a single and believer in Lord Jesus I am looking for adequate ways to live holy life, but I dont have *the call* yet. I visited Notre Damme/Paris last june and I had this special prayer, but I dont seem to have it replied yet.

Anyway I am glad to meet you. I will be happy to stay in touch with you and other people whose love to God leads to more than minor devotions

Kind Regards from Bulgaria/Sofia
Teodora-Yana Yaacov