God created us as bodily creatures. The most important aspects of our faith, the ones that touch the greatest mysteries of how we unite ourselves to God, must be bodily experiences as much as they are spiritual ones. The Church, following the example of a Savior who healed with spit and dirt and then proclaimed it was faith that had saved, does not separate our physical experience of grace from our spiritual experience of it. The Church understands our human makeup, body and soul, and knows our Eden instinct longs for both aspects to come back to the fullness of our original relationship with God.
— from When We Were Eve: Uncovering the Woman God Created You to Be
by Colleen Mitchell