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56. Causal Power of the Resurrection

1. Aristotle says (Metaph. iv): "Whatever isthe first in any order, is the cause of what comes after it."The Resurrection of Christ was first in the order of rising fromthe dead: "The first fruits of them that sleep" (I Cor.15:20). Christ's Resurrection is thus the cause of our bodilyresurrection which will take place on the last day.

2. Christ's Resurrection is also the cause of theresurrection of our souls from the death of sin. The divine powerwhich appears in the bodily Resurrection of Christ extends to humansouls. St. Paul (Rom. 4:25) says that our Lord "rose again forour justification." And again he says (Rom. 6:4): "Christis risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also maywalk in newness of life."

"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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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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