Body Image at Easter

"Vanity, idealized body images, and excessive competitiveness can lead people to manipulate their bodies in ways that do not respect the human body's health, integrity, dignity and intrinsic value."  Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Easter Pastoral Instruction, 2014.Easter is a good time to consider how we think about our bodies. Do I treat my body simply as a vehicle for my mind, or my soul? Am I at war with my body, trying to recreate it in another form, rather than accepting myself as God created me? What might it mean to believe that our bodies have dignity and intrinsic value, rather than merely instrumental value? What light does the resurrection throw on all this for me?

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