Yesterday’s psalm takes us to the heart of the Theology of the Body. “One thing I ask of the Lord, this I seek … that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate his temple” (Psalm 27). Our bodies are that temple (see 1 Cor 6:19). And it is by contemplating them with purity of heart that we come to “gaze on the loveliness of the Lord.” For purity, as John Paul II taught us, “is the glory of God in the human body” (TOB 57:3). “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). If we desire to “see God,” to “gaze upon his loveliness,” we must be willing to pass through some very painful fires of purification. It can be a daily struggle. Slowly, but surely, as we walk through those “fires,” we come to see the human body – in all its glory as male and female – as a sign that “transfers into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden from eternity in God” (TOB 19:4). And oh how lovely it is!