Michael Waldstein, writing in the National Catholic Register, states that the dedication of the Theology of the Body was to the Tota Pulchra:

At the very top of the first page of his handwritten manuscript of the theology of the body, John Paul placed a verse from the Song of Songs, also applied to Mary, "Tota pulchra es, amica mea, et macula non est in te - You are all beautiful, my beloved, and there is no spot, no macula, in you" (4:7). This first page is dated December 8, 1974, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Blessed John Paul II was an admirer of the special virtues of women, as epitomized by his reverence for Mary. His Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem, on the Dignity and Vocation of Women is woven throughout with references to Our Blessed Mother, a tapestry seen not only in the Letter but throughout his life as well.