Chapter 6 – The soul’s origin

Question 63 from Youcat…

From where does man get his soul?

CCC answer: The human soul is created directly by God and is not “produced” by the parents. (366-368,382)

“Man’s soul cannot be the product of an evolutionary development out of matter or the result of a generative union of the father and mother.  With every man, a unique, spiritual person comes into the world; the Church express this mystery by saying that God gives him a soul, which cannot die; even if the person loses his body in death, he will find it again in the resurrection.  To say, “I have a soul”, means that God created me not only as a creature but as a person and has called me to a never-ending relationship with him.”

Additional thoughts:

“Man is truly himself when his body and soul are intimately united. … Should he aspire to be pure spirit and to reject the flesh as pertaining to his animal nature alone, then spirit and body would both lose their dignity. On the other hand, should he deny the spirit and consider matter, the body, as the only reality, he would likewise lose his greatness.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas est)

And from  a Benedictine Mystic, St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179):

“The soul speaks:  I am called to be the companion of the angels because I am the living breath that God sent forth into dry clay.”


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