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67. Duration of Virtues After this Life

1. When a good man dies, do moral virtues remain in theseparated soul? Justice remains, for (Wisd. 1:15), "Justice isperpetual and immortal." The moral virtues which regulate thepassions remain in the separated soul in their essence asperfections of the soul, but they no longer regulate irregularitiesof appetite; in the future life of the virtuous soul there are noirregularities of any kind.

2. The intellectual virtues remain in the separated soul,but in a manner which renders their use more perfect than it wasduring earthly life. In the present life, man must recur to senseimages (in phantasy or imagination) as he uses acquired knowledge.But the separated soul will not have the service of the senses ortheir images, nor will the soul require that service.

3. Faith which pertains to "things that appearnot," cannot continue after the things actually appear. In thenext life, faith will be fulfilled in the more perfect habit ofvision, and will be supplanted by vision.

4. And hope, which looks on to a good not yet possessed,can have no place in the soul which possesses all that it oncehoped for. In heaven, hope will be crowned with fulfillment, andwill cease to exist as a specific habit or virtue of the soul.

5. Not even remnants or elements of faith and hope canremain in the soul in heaven, for these virtues are simple habits,and they are either present entirely or absent entirely.

6. But charity will remain in the separated soul in glory.St. Paul says (I Cor. 13:8), "Charity never fallethaway." Charity will be fulfilled in heaven, not as faith isfilled and supplanted by vision, not as hope is fulfilled andsupplanted by possession: charity will be fulfilled by beingperfected in its own nature; that is, imperfect charity will becomeperfect charity.

"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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