„Materia (așadar, trupul nostru și universul fizic) dă naștere întotdeauna limitelor: materia contractă forma. Idealismul, care privește forma „în sine”, într-un mod universal, va avea întotdeauna ceva împotriva materiei și a pământului, în individualitatea sa. Dar, din punctul de vedere al existenței și al iubirii, realismul și individualizarea materiei sunt de o importanță capitală: numai realitatea singulară există. Numai ea este un bine real, capabil să mă finalizeze și care-mi permite să mă depășesc în iubire. Idealisul trăiește dintr-un mare „ideal”, dar nu se depășește niciodată cu adevărat, dăruindu-se. Trăiește dintr-o iluzie.”
Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P., „Foc am venit să arunc pe pământ (Luca 12:49). Convorbiri despre Fericiri”
„Man appears in the visible world as the highest expression of the divine gift, because he bears within himself the inner dimension of the gift. And with it he carries into the world his particular likeness to God, with which he transcends and also rules the ‘visibility’ in the world, his bodiliness, his masculinity or femininity, his nakedness. A reflection of this likeness is also the primordial awareness of the spousal meaning of the body pervaded by the mystery of original innocence.
Thus, in this dimension, a primordial sacrament is constituted, understood as a sign that efficaciously transmits in the visible world the invisible mystery hidden in God from eternity. And this is the mystery of Truth and Love, the mystery of divine life, in which man really participates. In the history of man, it is original innocence that begins this participation and is also the source of original happiness. The sacrament, as a visible sign, is constituted with man, inasmuch as he is a „body”, through his visible masculinity and femininity. The body, in fact, and only the body, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It has been created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden from eternity in God, and thus to be a sign of it.
In man, created in the image of God, the very sacramentality of creation, the sacramentality of the world, was thus in some way revealed. In fact, through his bodiliness, his masculinity and femininity, man becomes a visible sign of the economy of Truth and Love, which has its source in God himself and was revealed already in the mystery of creation[…] Original innocence, connected with the experience of the spousal meaning the body, is holiness itself, which permits man to express himself deeply with his own body, precisely through the sincere gift of self. Consciousness of the gift conditions in this case „the sacrament of the body”: in his body as man or woman, man senses himself as a subject of holiness.”
John Paul II, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, 19:3-5