Man -
Body and Soul,
but Truly One (1)


God giving a Soul, and with it Life, to the Body of Adam - by Michelangelo Buonarroti - from Cappella Sistina, Vatican

 

He (Satan) is the Malign, Clever Seducer who knows how to make his way into us through the Senses, the Imagination and the Libido, through Utopian Logic, or through Disordered Social Contacts in the give-and-take of our activities, so that he can bring about in us Deviations that are all the more Harmful because they seem to conform to our physical or mental makeup, or to our Profound, Instinctive Aspirations.

Blessed Pope Paul VI

 

Man -
Body and Soul,
But Truly One (1)

from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Know the Body in order to Defend the Body

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural Order

Body/Inferior Will/
Psychosomatic Powers
Passions/Emotions/
Sensory Appetite/
Memory/Imagination
(Subordinate-Partner)

Soul/Intellect/
Superior Will/
Reason/Mind/
Infused Knowledge/
Heart/Conscience
(Dominant Partner)

Satan attacks the Psychosomatic Powers already weakened by Original Sin.

 

The Devil knows how to exploit our Instincts and Passions, the Weakness of our Flesh and our Pride. A Demonic Temptation generally affects the Psychosomatic Powers; viz., the Imagination, Memory, and Sensory Appetite, which are important for using and controlling our Emotions. By Tempting these Powers, Demons disturb the Sensory Appetite and indirectly affect the Intellect and Will. The Devil can only act on the Human Mind through Natural, Physical, and Psychological Causes; conversely, all Natural, Physical, and Psychological Causes can be Instruments of Diabolic Purposes and, as the Church Militant, we should clearly Understand How the Devil can and will Attack our Body and Soul. Our Weapons are Prayer, Knowledge, God's Grace, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Sacraments and Sacramentals, Fasting, Freely Accepted Suffering, Alms Giving, Good Works, Holy Angels, Church Triumphant, et al.

No Pain . . . . . . No Gain
No
Guts . . . . . . No Glory
No
Cross . . . . . No
Crown

 


The Devil only tempts those Souls that wish to abandon sin and those that are in a State of Grace. The others belong to him; he has no need to tempt them.

The Greatest of all Evils is not to be Tempted, because there are then grounds for believing that the Devil looks upon us as his property.

Saint John Vianney

 

CCC362 - The Human Person, created in the Image of God, is a Being at-once Corporeal and Spiritual. The Biblical Account expresses this Reality in Symbolic Language when it affirms that "then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being". Man, Whole and Entire, is therefore Willed by God.

CCC363 - In Sacred Scripture the term "Soul" often refers to Human Life or the entire Human Person. But "Soul" also refers to the Innermost Aspect of Man, that which is of Greatest Value in him, that by which he is most especially in God's Image: "Soul" signifies the Spiritual Principle in Man.

CCC364 - The Human Body shares in the Dignity of "the image of God": it is a Human Body precisely because it is Animated by a Spiritual Soul, and it is the whole Human Person that is intended to become, in the Body of Christ, a Temple of the Spirit:

Man, though made of Body and Soul, is a Unity (1). Through his very Bodily Condition he sums up in himself the Elements of the Material World. Through him they are thus brought to their Highest Perfection and can raise their Voice in Praise, Freely-Given to the Creator. For this reason Man may not Despise his Bodily Life. Rather he is Obliged to regard his Body as Good and to hold it in Honor since God has Created it and will Raise it up on the Last Day.

CCC365 - The Unity (1) of Soul and Body is so Profound that one has to consider the Soul to be the "Form" of the Body: i.e., it is because of its Spiritual Soul that the Body made of Matter becomes a Living, Human Body; Spirit and Matter, in Man, are not Two (2) Natures United, but rather their Union forms a Single (1) Nature.

CCC366 - The Church teaches that every Spiritual Soul is created Immediately by God - It is not "Produced" by the Parents - and also that it is Immortal: It does not Perish when it separates from the Body at Death, and it will be Reunited with the Body at the Final Resurrection.

CCC367 - Sometimes the Soul is distinguished from the Spirit: St Paul for instance Prays that God may Sanctify His People "Wholly", with "Spirit and Soul and Body" kept Sound and Blameless at the Lord's Coming. The Church teaches that this Distinction does not Introduce a Duality into the Soul. "Spirit" signifies that from Creation, Man is Ordered to a Supernatural End and that his Soul can Gratuitously be raised beyond all it deserves to Communion with God.

CCC368 - The Spiritual Tradition of the Church also emphasizes the Heart, in the Biblical Sense of the Depths of One's Being, where the Person decides for or against God.

 

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) This Body of Ours - Some of Its Problems

by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Soul: Index

Includes Supernatural Order/Supernatural Organism and the Operation of the Soul's Powers, the Intellect and Will.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Conscience: Index

Conscience is a Faculty of the Soul that is given by God to point us to the Truth. We are 100% responsible for its Proper Formation. An Improperly Formed Conscience can lead to Hell.

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Grace: Index

Without God's Grace we are Doomed to Hell.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Dreams

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Imagination - An Internal Sense of the Brain

Satan has been 'baiting' people's Imaginations ever since the Garden of Eden.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Imagination and Memory

From the Three Ages of the Interior Life,
by Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Passions

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) On the Predominant Passion

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) An Introduction to Somatic Resonance

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Freedom/Liberty vs. License/Privilege

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Depression

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Gift of Tears

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Lord of the Rings - States of Nature

A look at the States of Nature of the various Races of Middle Earth in the great Catholic Epic "Lord of the Rings". Includes Adam & Eve's Preternatural State or State of Innocence/Original Justice.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Love Dreams

by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D.

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Differences Between Sex and Love

by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D.

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) What is Love?

by Father William G. Most

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Today's Crisis of Faith

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) What has Become of Sin?

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Apatheia - Purity of Heart

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Flesh, According to St Paul

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Love of Forgiveness

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Natural Law

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Discernment in Everyday Life

 

Audio Clip on
Man - Body and Soul
But Truly One (1)

by Dr. Theresa Farnan
Faculty, Mount Saint Mary's Seminary