In this podcast, Timmerie discusses St. John Paul II’s teaching on Theology of the Body, focusing on the significance of Adam’s aloneness in the Garden of Eden before the creation of Eve. She highlights that this state of “original solitude” was a defining moment for Adam, where he was searching for his identity and coming to understand his unique relationship with God.
Adam’s task of naming all the animals helped him recognize his difference from the rest of creation and that he was more like God than anything else on Earth. This understanding of being alone in the garden allowed him to discover his humanity and free will.
Timmerie emphasizes that this defining moment of encountering God’s creation is crucial for all human beings to understand their unique and unrepeatable relationship with God. She points out that as human beings, we have a transcendental dimension beyond just being physical bodies. This understanding is contrasted with a culture that often reduces human relationships to mere physical interactions.