Love and Responsibility
Love and Responsibility

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Wojtyla, Karol 

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Discover the authentic meaning of human love.

About this Book:

Originally published in Polish in 1960, Love and Responsibility is Karol Wojtyla's groundbreaking book on human love which explains relationships between persons, especially concerning sexual ethics, in the context of human dignity.

This new translation of John Paul II's classic work uses the 2001 version of the text published in Polish, which includes revisions to the original 1960 edition made by Blessed John Paul II himself. Also included is the first English publication of then-Cardinal Wojtyla's article On the Meaning of Spousal Love, in which he continues his reflections on the topic. Translator Grzegorz Ignatik, a native Polish speaker, provides notes that define key terms, including Latin words and phrases. He also supplies comprehensive information on language nuances and major concepts.

This work is complementary to Blessed John Paul II's Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body and is a must-read for those interested in understanding his thought more fully. Whether you are a fan of John Paul II, a Theology of the Body enthusiast, a seminarian, a professor, a student, or a reader who enjoys philosophy and theology, you will find this translation to be rich in authenticity and accessibility.

While Love and Responsibility remains a challenging work on many levels, this masterful translation will greatly assist you in understanding Wojtyla's insightful reflections. It will also be a rewarding experience as you are shown how to love responsibly-in your relationships with spouses, family members, friends, companions, and neighbors-attaining love that is truer and more fulfilling.

Features & Benefits:

  • Translated by native Polish speaker who was advised by David L. Schindler
  • Provides notes with comprehensive information on language nuances
  • Defines key terms
  • Translates Latin words and phrases
  • Includes additional content (article, On the Meaning of Spousal Love )

About the Author:

Born in 1920 to a devout Catholic family in Poland, Karol Wojtyla was ordained a priest in 1946. He carried out an effective pastoral ministry, continued higher studies, and taught at the university level. Ordained a bishop in 1958, he fearlessly confronted the communist authorities in Poland. He took part in the Second Vatican Council and implemented the Council's reforms at home. After being elected Pope on October 16, 1978, he led the Church for the next twenty-six years in a remarkable and memorable way.

Throughout his priesthood Karol Wojtyla was keenly concerned about the problems and possibilities of married love and family life. In Love and Responsibility, he wrote about the human person as being called to love and thus enabled to find happiness and fulfillment in the gift of oneself.

About the Translator:

Grzegorz Ignatik, a native Polish speaker, teaches at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and is a PhD candidate in Theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Washington, DC. He holds a Sacred Theology Licentiate from the International Theological Institute, Austria.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"This new translation of Love and Responsibility, based on Pope John Paul II's revisions and with the addition of an important later article, is a major achievement. The translator is to be congratulated for his clear and faithful text as well as for his wonderfully thoughtful notes."
David L. Schindler, Dean Emeritus and Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America

Product Details:

Binding: paperback
Trim size: 6" X 9¼"
Pages: 400

Keywords: Love & Responsibility - John Paul 2 - TOB - sex - sexuality

Ed says...
This is a great book for every Christian that wants to learn about love and how love has to correct the approach we have towards our sexuality in the love between a man and a woman. We cannot "filter" (be corrected and guided by love) what our body receives with the senses, if our hearts follow those temporal and worldly "treasures" as north, because we "forget" where the source of all lies. This book introduces us in the importance of understanding correctly what love is, Who Love Is. As love gives the responsibility of making sure that what we call love is in fact love (of God, as only that way it will be truly love because it is about acting goodness towards others). Only by having the will (working with our decision) to follow Love (God) correctly, man and woman will treat themselves truly with love. Our decision to follow or not is the one that makes that decsion ours. Only by having true love in us (and making it a responsibility to have it in us), we will act it. This is why we need to seek out what is love and what is not love, and therefore what is of God and what is not of God. Love is the way that people should treat each other, and especially in the relationship between a man and a woman, where there are forces acting against the spirit so clearly. With this book we can learn to appreciate that goodness can only be achieved through the one that is Good (as it influences understanding toward the good), because only in that way, love becomes our personal responsibility, as love forces us to truly be good to the other. Therefore only love give us the responsibility to be chaste (to understand what is true chastity), to work to have self mastery, to "workout" our being to perceive beyond what our "eyes" are able to see. As Christians this book help us be clearer on why we need to "see" that love is of God and not made by man (as thats why love is good, because it is of God). Therefore the only way we can follow true love is by following God, as only God is love.
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